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Joseph Rowntree’s 1904 Memorandum

A first draft of a Memorandum on the proposed Trust, marked ‘Exceedingly Private’, took the form of a paper to Joseph Rowntree’s advisers. Some of his intentions were expressed as questions; examples of possible initiatives were given; relations with the Rowntree Company were left uncertain since the form and amount of the property more »< Read More...

University of York

In 1960 the Rowntree trusts jointly made a grant of £100,000 towards the foundation of the University of York. Several directors and trustees have over the years held positions of responsibility in the University, which has a building in Social Sciences named after Seebohm Rowntr Read More...

Rowntree Society, The

Founded by Steven Burkeman in 2001 at a time when it looked as though the Rowntree inheritance was in danger of disappearing altogether from York (apart, of course, from the work of the Joseph Rowntree trusts).  With the support of Hugh Bayley MP, he put together a small group of people, including Mark more »< Read More...

New Earswick Primary School

In 1904, Joseph Rowntree set up the Joseph Rowntree Village Trust to manage the new housing development in New Earswick. The village included a ‘non-provided’ school – a partnership between the local authority (which oversaw the education of the children) and the Trust (which funded, designed and constructed the buildings). New Earswick Elementary more »< Read More...

New Earswick

The foundations of a Garden Village were laid down by Joseph Rowntree in 1901 when he acquired 123 acres of land near the village of Earswick outside York. In 1902, he commissioned the established partnership of Barry Parker and Raymond Unwin to become the architects for the village of New Earswick. Experimental building more »< Read More...

Joseph Rowntree trusts – which is which?

Joseph Rowntree set up three trusts in the so-called Founder’s Memorandum written in 1904. The trusts have evolved over the last century, developing their outputs to address continuing and changing social pressures and political issues. The four trusts today are: The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (its name is unchanged since 1904). The Joseph Rowntree more »< Read More...

Joseph Rowntree Theatre

Joseph Rowntree Theatre was designed by the architect Barry Parker (who also designed part of New Earswick), and built in 1935. Mr Peter Rowntree was one of the Trustees of the firm responsible for its construction and is understood to have spent much time and care in making it one of the most more »< Read More...

Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust

The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Limited was founded (as the Joseph Rowntree Social Service Trust Ltd) in 1904 by Joseph Rowntree.  He created the Trust as a tax-paying company in order to advance the non-charitable aspects of his vision of society, with the aim of “influencing public thought in right channels” and ensuring more »< Read More...

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Established in 1904 as the Joseph Rowntree Village Trust, to alleviate the conditions of working people by providing improved housing. The endowment to the JRVT comprised the New Earswick garden village properties, and shares in Rowntree & Co to a total value of £62,165 (24% of which was the property value). First name more »< Read More...