Sweet Memories

The Cocoa Works sits in an iconic location on York’s Haxby Road and is renowned for being the former home of Rowntree’s Almond and Cream buildings. In the 1920s over 6,000 people worked in the building, known as York’s famous ‘Garden Factory’, where open space and education facilities supported the wellbeing of factory workers and their families.

Revitalising The Cocoa Works Community

The factory, built by Joseph Rowntree in the early 1890s, has been empty and unused for a number of years but will be revitalised by Latimer to become the home of The Cocoa Works.

While York is renowned for being a ‘Chocolate City’ and many landmarks and attractions mark its rich history, we are looking to build a specific Cocoa Works community. We are asking people to come forward with stories of their own family members’ and friends’ experiences of working in the Haxby Road factory.

Latimer is looking for accounts of this unique period, relating to workers and families from the 1890s onwards, to create a ‘Sweet Memories’ public exhibition in the Joseph Rowntree Memorial Library, as well as being featured on our digital sweet memory board below.

If you or your relatives worked at the factory, Latimer would like to hear what life was like during that time, how the Rowntree family is remembered and any insightful experiences you shared with other workers and friends.

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