Over the past years we have written, co-written, and commissioned a number of books and we have helped and advised others in the writing of books on Rowntree subjects. Our own publications are available as downloads, as well as hard copy. We also have stocks of small selection of related publications that we can supply on request.

Joseph Rowntree’s life and work – a brief biography

We highly recommend Chris Titley’s illustrated biography that we commissioned and researched (published in October 2013 by ourselves at the Rowntree Society, jointly with Shire Publications). Contact us if you’d like a copy.

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The Rowntree Legacy: Capitalism, Compassion, Change

We co-wrote The Rowntree Legacy,  together with a Poster Exhibition as part of our Seebohm Rowntree HLF-funded project.

See also the downloadable Factsheet (right) that gives a quick overview to Seebohm’s remarkable achievement as a whole.

Five Rowntree Walks in York

In 2017 we produced a 48-page book of Five Rowntree Walks that give an introduction to the built environment in five areas of York with a strong Rowntree connection. They show the extent to which the family had a hand in shaping the modern city.

For the downloads of the five walks, see here.


A timeline history of New Earswick

Available for sale at the Folk Hall in New Earswick at a price of £3.00. Downloadable from this page also.

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Other related publications (also available from us)

Fred Rowntree: Architect by Peter Robson, published by Newby Books, 2014.

A Quaker Dilemma: The Rowntree Family in the Great War 1914-1918 by David Rubinstein, published by Quacks Books, York, 2015.

A Quaker Businessman. The Life of Joseph Rowntree 1936-1925 by Ann Vernon, 1958, republished by Sessions Book Trust, 1987.

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