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John Bowes Morrell

John Bowes Morrell (1873-1963) joined Rowntree’s Cocoa Works at age 17, an apprenticeship set up by his father, William Morrell, at the same time as a loan of £10,000 from the County Bank to finance the move of the factory to Haxby Road. He became Director at age 25. He also helped found the University of York and the Borthwick Institute for Archives. The York Conservation Trust was formed as Ings Property Company Limited in 1945 by John Bowes Morrell and his brother Cuthbert Morrell, who had both been buying medieval properties in York for many years.

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