On yesterday’s walk around the local patch I ended up at Haxby Road, at the old Rowntree factory. I hadn’t planned to go that way, but was on my way back home and it occurred to me that I probably should make a slight detour to see if any work had started yet on the redevelopment of the site.
Clearly it had, as the hoardings around the site made clear. Clever advertising slogan there: Home Sweet Home, as this of course was where so much confectionery was made, for so many decades.
The Rowntree name isn’t referenced in the naming of the development. It’s called the Cocoa Works. I guess I’d better start calling it that.
I walked along the factory frontage where the old railings and gates were hidden behind hoardings, with a few gaps.
So many times over so many years I’ve stuck my camera through the main gate to take a photo of this entrance and the state of the land around it. Outbuildings to the left have been demolished since I was last up here. They were pictured on one of my earlier pages, on the factory frontage, in Feb 2013. Blimey, nearly eight years ago. This building has been empty for so long.
Checking back on my earlier pages about this place I can see that there were many (most should appear in the ‘Related posts’ below), and that it’s almost exactly four years since I published a piece about the planning application for this development.
After taking the photo above I noticed a small section of the old factory railing, with an interesting history/archaeology of paint and rust.
As I got to the end of the factory site I was quite surprised. Quite a dramatic change here: there’s a new road in.
It made me realise I hadn’t been up this way to look at this place for quite some time, and it was quite something to see a road running through it. Not that I could go any further along it, as it’s part of the building site and therefore gated off, but still, always interesting to see the opening up of new ways through old places.
It curves through past factories old and new. These days the manufacturing of Kit-Kat takes place in the building on the right.
On the horizon, just visible, are houses on Wigginton Road. The road is planned to go through to Wigginton Road, eventually.
I took many more photos, but as you can see, the light was quite low by this time and so it wasn’t that easy to get good images (particularly as I’ve had to go back to using a rather old digital camera after my newer one stopped working some time ago).
I headed back, past the factory and the Joseph Rowntree Memorial Library, and the many adverts for the development all along the site boundary.
I crossed the bridge over the former railway line (now cycle track). The late sun is pleasing as it lights this end of the building.
Sadly the rather handsome top bit, a bit castle-like, will be altered by the conversion to residential, as previously discussed.
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