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Tanner’s Moat

The Rowntree & Co. had moved to Tanner’s Moat by 1864, then an old iron foundry, with several cottages and a tavern beside the river. Henry Isaac was the director until his premature death in 1883, and a few years after Joseph had joined him to develop the busine Read More...

Statistics, Rowntrees’ use of

Joseph Rowntree (Senior) was ‘much at home in figures, partial to statistical research’ and had a ‘microscopic power of perceiving and mastering details’. For example in 1843, wishing to modernise the curriculum at Ackworth School, he first made a survey of the career choices of a sample of the pupils. For his son more »< Read More...

Soup Kitchen

Joseph Rowntree Senior was involved in the setting up of the York Soup Kitchen, situated somewhere in the vicinity of Lady Peckett’s Yard, in the hard winter of 1845-46. He became closely involved in the technical arrangements and practical details, such as the steam boiling equipment, the best recipes to use, distribution etc. When more »< Read More...

Seebohm – origins of the name

According to Christian Gierloff, a Norwegian economist of note and long-time friend of Seebohm Rowntree‘s, the name is a hybrid surname of Swedish-German origin (Sjöbohm), possibly going back to the 17th century. The Seebohm family were from Bad Pyrmont in Lower Saxony, and some moved to Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Seebohm is the surname of more »< Read More...

Sarah (née Stephenson) Rowntree

Sarah Rowntree, née Stephenson, was born in Stockton-on-Tees in 1807, the youngest child of Quaker parents, Isaac and Hannah Stephenson. Her parents moved from Stockton-upon-Tees to Manchester; and her father died unexpectedly in 1828. Three years later she met Joseph Rowntree, and in April 1831 he wrote to declare his feelings for her, more »< Read More...

Rowntree Wharf

Rowntree Wharf, consisting of five stories and a nine-storey water tower, is probably York’s best industrial building. Originally one of the largest flour mills in Europe, it was founded by Henry Leetham in 1860. The building, designed by Walter Penty, was situated between the river Foss and Wormald’s cut, towering over the slum more »< 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...

Rowntree Park

The park, 25 acres situated on the river Ouse, between Clementhorpe Beck on the west side and Terry Avenue on the east, was a major gift donated by Joseph Rowntree in 1921 as a memorial to the members of the Cocoa Works’ staff who fell in WW1, to be (in his words) a more »< Read More...

Rowntree Company Chairmen after Joseph Rowntree

1923 Seebohm Rowntree 1941 George Harris 1952 William Wallace 1957 Lloyd Owen 1966 Donald Barron 1981 Kenneth Di Read More...

Richard Rowntree (1921-1997) Director 1964-1994

Youngest son of Arnold Rowntree. He was active in politics, serving as a County Councillor and standing as a Liberal candidate for Parliament twice. A conscientious objector during the war, like his brother Michael, he served in the Friends Ambulance Unit which his father, Arnold, had helped set up in the previous war, more »< Read More...