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Joseph Stephenson Rowntree

Third son of Joseph Rowntree, known as ‘Stephen’. His working life was spent at the cocoa works, and his spare time was devoted to Quaker committees and local Liberal politics. On Stephen’s birth certificate his father declared himself as a ‘Cocoa Manufacturer’, whilst on those of his older brothers he still described himself more »< Read More...

Joseph Rowntree (1836-1925)

Grocer, cocoa and chocolate manufacturer, social reformer, and philanthropist. He was born at Pavement, in York 24 May 1836. He was the second of the three sons (there was one surviving daughter) of Joseph Rowntree and Sarah Stephenson.  He was educated at Bootham School, where he developed a love of natural history and more »< Read More...

Joseph Rowntree (Senior) (1801-1859)

Youth in Scarborough Grocer and tea dealer, was born in Scarborough the youngest of three sons of John Rowntree and Elizabeth (née Lotherington). He was educated at two day schools in Scarborough, his parents not being in a position to send him to the Quaker Ackworth School. By the age of 13 he more »< Read More...

John Wilhelm Rowntree

Eldest son of Joseph Rowntree. He had an international outlook for the Rowntree & Co business bringing new ideas concerning the exploitation of new markets and international business strategies. Even more importantly, he is widely regarded as the father of a new branch of ‘Liberal’ Quakerism, together with the American Quaker Rufus Jones. more »< Read More...

John Stephenson Rowntree (1834-1907)

Grocer and tea dealer, born 2 May 1934, eldest of the three sons of Joseph Rowntree (Senior) and Sarah Rowntree. He entered his father’s business at 28 Pavement, as a grocer and tea dealer. In 1868 a former apprentice, Thomas Hills, joined him, in due course becoming a partner (styled as Rowntree Hills and Co, provision 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...

Hannah Rowntree

Daughter of Joseph Rowntree (Senior) and Sarah; the only daughter to survive to adulthood. On the death of Joseph Rowntree’s wife Julia, Hannah moved to live with her brother to look after the small girl. She later married George Gille Read More...

Fred Rowntree (1860-1927)

Architect. One of the ‘Scarborough Rowntrees’, he was a second cousin to Seebohm Rowntree and the fourth child of John Rowntree, a Scarborough grocer and draper, and Ann Webster. In 1876 he was articled with C A Bury in Scarborough. He was perhaps one of the first Quaker Architects, and was influenced by and more »< Read More...

Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree, Life and Writings

Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree (1871-1954), normally referred to as Seebohm Rowntree, was born in 1871, second of the four sons of Joseph Rowntree and Emma Antoinette Rowntree. He was educated by governesses at home, at Bootham School, and at Owen’s College, Manchester (where he studied chemistry). At the age of 18 he entered the family more »< Read More...

Arnold Stephenson Rowntree (1872-1951)

Born at ‘Mount Villas’, York, in 1872, Arnold was youngest of the four surviving sons of John Stephenson Rowntree (1834-1907) and Elizabeth Rowntree (born Hotham, 1835-1875). Before Arnold’s third birthday, his mother was killed in a carriage accident while the family were on holiday at Ingleton. He and his younger sister Hilda (b. more »< Read More...