Chocolate Works, Cocoa Works

Red brick building prominent on horizon

As my attention has been drawn to Rowntree’s recently, I wanted to write something about our two famous factories, the Rowntree’s and Terry’s of old, and what’s left of them. These ‘development sites’ are mentioned every now and then, usually separately. It seems to me significant that on both sides of town we have massive empty factory buildings for sale, the remnants of what was, in the 20th century, our main industry.

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Old photos, Rowntree factory

In the middle of researching a page to be added I found this really nice slideshow of old images of Rowntree’s, uploaded to YouTube by Anne Hurtado.

In relation to this website’s focus on the buildings and changing landscape of York, the most interesting images are perhaps those we … More …

Time after time

Outdoor clock in front of trees, by factory entrance, time: 8:05

I like this. An understated, witty reminder. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famous ‘After Eight’ mint, once manufactured here at Rowntree’s, the old factory clocks were adjusted, to just after eight.

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Tanner Row, 1977

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This building occupied the riverside site near Lendal Bridge now occupied by the Aviva offices. See comments added for more information.

[Photo: Andy Tuckwell]

Rowntree Park

May 2009

Sculpture in Rowntree Park
Sculpture in Rowntree Park

Rowntree Park isn’t near where I live, so it’s a while since I visited, though at least one website visitor has recommended I should. It’s changed a … More …

Homestead Park

November 2007

This is one of my favourite local green spaces, and I’ve mentioned it before. It’s next to Homestead House, the head office of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, originally Seebohm Rowntree’s house, 100 years ago. Since then the land behind the house has been maintained for the … More …

Factories, and parks

Autumn 2006

Homestead Park, 7 August 2006

This is the Homestead Park, in Clifton, York. About a hundred years ago, a member of the Rowntree family handed his back garden over to local people. On 16 July 1904, Seebohm Rowntree announced that for a … More …