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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...

Homestead Park

A park in Clifton, today the only open space to the north of the City available for children’s play. It consists of six acres of flower and rose gardens, a rockery, an ornamental lake and a children’s playground. It was little more than a field when first opened to the public. Early years more »< Read More...

Folk Hall, New Earswick

The community building at the heart of the New Earswick model village, built in 1907, with the establishment of a Village Council. The building was enlarged in 1935 to Barry Parker’s design.   External Links Village Hist Read More...

Dunollie Rest House, Scarborough

A  convalesce house in Filey Road Scarborough that was bought by the Rowntree company out of profits from its reserves from the company’s Military and National Service Allowances Scheme. History Dunollie was originally a private home and was later used as a private hotel in the 1910s venue “ideal for rest and quiet recreation” more »< Read More...

Company Management, Enlightened

The Rowntree company was a known to be a pioneer for business models and ‘enlightened’ company management. For the practical comforts of the workforce, in 1885, when the business was barely surviving, Joseph Rowntree used his own money to start a library for his employees, deducting a penny a week from their wages more »< Read More...

Cocoa Works Magazine

‘A Journal in the interests of employees of Rowntree & Co Ltd, York’, started in 1902, and continued until 1969, going through several editorial transformations that reflect the varying fortunes of the company’s history.  It was conceived by Joseph Rowntree as a means of maintaining communication between workforce and management at a time more »< Read More...