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The Scarborough Riots by Metford Robson


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This article was produced by Metford Robson . 
The Rowntree family and the Schreiner riots'. 
Journal of the Friends' Historical Society,  59:1 (2000), 67-82. ISBN 00719587.

A good deal of the following information was readily available to the author from manuscripts, books and cuttings in the possession of his family. He does however appreciate that if time had permitted, his researches might have benefited from greater reference to official sources.

  1. C Brightwen Rowntree, The Rowntrees of Riseborough (The Sessions Book Trust, 1986), p vii. First published 1940 and updated by E Margaret Sessions in 1979,
    1982 and 1986.
  2. Ditto, p. ix
  3. Ditto, p. 2/A2
  4. Ditto, p.x
  5. Hope Hay Hewison, Hedge of Wild Almonds (James Currey, London 1989), Chapter 8, British ‘Quakers and the Public Debate’ and Chapter 9, ‘The Quaker Debate,’ ppll7-l23.
  6. List of Members for Yorkshire Quarterly Meeting, 1902.
  7. Memory of A Esther Robson (1904-), last surviving grandchild of William Rowntree (1806-1901).
  8. According to AER (daughter of Margaret T Rowntree).
  9. Scarborough Mercury 16 March 1900, p. 5
  10. S E Robson, Joshua Rown tree (George Allen & Unwin 1916), Chapter vii, pp.117-123.
  11. Hope Hay Hewison, Hedge of Wild Almonds, Chapter 8, p.117
  12. George Rowntree, Reminiscences (Published privately), 1936), p. 41
  13. Scarborough Mercury, 16 March 1900, p.5.
  14. Nikolaus Pevsner, Studies in Art, Architecture and Design (l968) p. 178 (Re-printed from the RIBA Journal, 3rd Series XLVI, 1939).
  15. Scarborough Mercury 16 March 1900, p.5.
  16. Ditto.
  17. Ditto.
  18. Ditto.
  19. George Rowntree, Reminiscences, p. 45.
  20. Information from undated unsigned typescript letter to an unknown recipient, but references clearly indicate that it was from George Rowntree.
  21. Scarborough Mercury, 16 March 1900, p. 5.
  22. Scarborough Mercury, 16 March 1900, p. 5 and cutting from Scarborough Gazette, undated, but clearly March 1900.
  23. Scarborough Mercury, 16 March 1900, p.5.
  24. George Rowntree, Reminiscences, p. 46.
  25. According to A. Esther Robson (daughter of James Henry Rowntree).
  26. Scarborough Mercury, 16 March 1900, p. 5. author’s. This warm-hearted comment is of special interest to the author, as it refers to his great grandparents, while their son James Henry Rowntree was his grandfather.
  27. Scarborough Gazette, 31 January 1901.
  28. George Rowntree, Reminiscences, p. 46.
  29. Ditto, p. 47.
  30. Scarborough Mercury, 16 March 1900, p. 5.
  31. Typescript letter from George Rowntree, as referred to in 20 Rumour had it, incorrectly, that Cronwright—Schreiner and Hobsoh were spirited out of the town in a Rowntree’s furniture van.
  32. Ditto.
  33. Postcard written in black ink with a script pen, date stamped 12.3.02.
  34. Newspaper cutting from Scarborough Evening News, 5 March 1974.
  35. Cutting from Scarborough Gazette, undated, but clearly March 1900.
  36. Ditto. The reporter notes with regret that any claim from the County Police Rate would also impose a burden on the North Riding ratepayers.
  37. Several copies of the original address are extant.
  38. The relationship of the ‘Borough Fund’ to the ‘County Police Rate,’ as clearly defined in the Scarborough Gazette, 36 is not clear. Perhaps the signatories were referring to a Borough allocation within the Police Rate?
  39. Undated Letter from W G Whincup of Builth Wells, grandson of ‘Advertiser Smith,’ in response to an article in the Scarborough Evening News of 5 March 1974.
  40. Ditto.
  41. The House where Smiff Dwelt (publisher/author unknown) 1900. Several copies are probably extant.
  42. Minute Book of Scarborough Preparative Meeting, 1885-1904. Ref DQR 10/6, Brynmor Jones Library, University of Hull.
  43. George Rowntree, Reminiscences, p. 48.
  44. S E Robson. Joshua Rowntree (George Allen & Unwin 1916), Chapter 2, p. 33.
  45. Information from various sources in The Scarborough Room, Scarborough Public Library and ‘Whose Who in Yorkshire’ 1912.
  46. Newspaper cutting from the Scarborough Mercury, 25 March 1900.