Blue plaques in York with a Rowntree connection

Blue plaques in York with a Rowntree connection

A Plaque at Penn House for Seebohm Rowntree

This plaque on his birthplace at Penn House on the corner of Bootham and St Marys in York went up on 1 June 2016. It was unveiled by Dianne Willcocks of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Andrew Scott of the York Civic Trust.

We’ve also created a film installation outlining Seebohm’s wide-ranging achievements.

Unveiling of a plaque for Seebohm Rowntree

 A Plaque on Pavement for Joseph Rowntree

Look out for the commemorative plaque for Joseph Rowntree outside Pizza Hut, on Pavement, the site of the building where he was born.  As with Seebohm’s plaque, we collaborated with the York Civic Trust and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation for this plaque to mark the place where the Rowntree story in York all began. The official unveiling was by Julia Unwin CBE, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and Peter Addyman CBE, of the York Civic Trust on Monday 29 October 2014. Bridget Morris, then Executive Director of The Rowntree Society, is pictured on the right.


A Plaque on Bootham

This plaque is situated on the building where Joseph Rowntree briefly lived (currently part of Bootham School).

A Plaque in York Explore Library

Just inside York’s Explore library, you can see a founding plaque that includes the name of Joseph Rowntree’s son Oscar.

A Plaque at the Quaker Burial Ground

There’s also a plaque on public view outside the wall of the Quaker burial ground at the Retreat, visible from the pathway nearby.

A plaque for Samuel Tuke in Lawrence Street

In 2017 the York Civic Trust supported the refurbishment of another Quaker-related building in York.

Plaque unveiled to Samuel Tuke


Samuel Tuke's former house, Hull Road

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