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Confectionery history

Women at Rowntrees

The employment situation in York was unusual in the industrial period, as the railways employed the males, while female labour was provided by the confectionery industry. References Emma Robertson, Chocolate, Women, and Empire: a Social and Cultural History. MUP 20 Read More...

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...

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...

Mr York of York, the animated advert

Made in 1929, this unique film provides an example of Rowntree’s innovative approach to marketing chocolate.  Lasting just over six minutes, the commercial uses sound and animation to promote the flavour of York Milk Bar through a series of amusing incidents starring ‘Mr. York’.  It is the first animated advertisement to be made more »< Read More...

KitKat

A milk-chocolate wafer first introduced in 1935 and today producing 6 million a day at the York plant (over 1 billion a year). External Links http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kit_Kat http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/8333416.Former_Rowntree_worker_recalls _first____KitKat____bars_rolling_off_production_line_75_years_ago/ http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/8329865.Search_for_Rowntree_staff _who_worked_on_the_first_KitKat_production_li Read More...

Joseph Rowntree Memorial Library, Haxby Road

Joseph Rowntree started a library for employees in 1885 by donating £10 of his own money, raising £10 from another source, and docking a penny a week from workers’ pay. The Memorial Library was planned after Joseph’s death in 1925 and was opened in 1927.  The library, a Grade II listed Arts and Crafts more »< Read More...

Henry Isaac Rowntree (1838-1883)

The youngest of the three sons of Joseph Rowntree and Sarah Stephenson.  Educated at Bootham School. After the death of Samuel Tuke the head office of the Tuke family tea merchant’s firm was transferred from York to London; and in 1862 Henry Isaac bought from the Tukes the cocoa, chocolate and chicory workshop more »< Read More...

George Harris

George Harris (b. 1896) joined Rowntrees in 1923, and was Chairman from 1941 to 1952.  Although related to the Rowntrees by his marriage to Frieda Rowntree, he was the first non-family member who rose to the level of high management, eventually elected to the Group Board in 1936 and to become Chairman in more »< Read More...

Fruit Pastilles, Rowntree’s

Initially developed by the Frenchman Claude Gaget, this was one of the most profitable and popular early product lines and led to the financial stability and growth in the earliest phase of the company’s history. External Li Read More...