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May, 2014

Rowntree’s Private Railway

The railway access to the Rowntree’s factory at Haxby Road came from the Foss Island Branch of the NER. In 1895 Rowntree’s had bought one locomotive and had one-and-a-half miles of standard gauge track. The locomotive was bought second-hand on the 20th December 1890 from Hudswell Clarke and was called ‘Marshall”. This was more »< Read More...

Prototype Chocolates?

One of the most amazing parts of being involved in an Oral History Project is the generosity of people in sharing their Rowntree’s stories and objects. Last week I was lucky enough to visit a lady who had a rather special collection of plaster chocolates! During her childhood, her father worked for Rowntree’s more »< Read More...

More than a hundred years of Rowntree history…

By Jaanika Reinvald. Last Tuesday the “York Remembers Rowntree” oral history project volunteers had a unique opportunity to visit a museum of Rowntree memorabilia that displays objects from Victorian times to today. It’s a truly  impressive collection of more than 100,000 objects, including a large variety of chocolate tins and boxes, many still more »< Read More...

Cocoa Works Brass Band

Formed in 1903, the Rowntree’s Brass Band was an important part of factory identity. The 16th edition of the Cocoa Works Magazine (June 1903) has an entry marking the formation of the band. It has been suggested that the formation of a Brass Band in connection with the Works would be welcomed by more »< Read More...