South Bank, York

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A street in South Bank
The Millennium Bridge from South Bank

South Bank is an area to the south of the River Ouse in York. The area is dominated by the disused Terry's chocolate factory, The Chocolate Works, and the numerous streets of terraced housing that surround it.

The Chocolate Works factory opened in 1926, where over the years it manufactured Terry's Chocolate Orange, Terry's All Gold and York Fruits. Terry's was acquired by Kraft Foods in 1993, who decided in 2004 to switch production of remaining products All Gold and Chocolate Orange to factories in Belgium, Sweden, Poland and Slovakia, and close the plant.[1] The factory closed on 30 September 2005, with the loss of 317 jobs.[2]

Near the factory is located York Racecourse, which forms part of the larger Knavesmire. There is an Athletics Club, the Knavesmire Harriers, who train in this area. South Bank is also the location of Rowntree Park near to the river. The Millennium Bridge, which links South Bank to Fishergate and Fulford on the other side of the river, was completed in 2001 at a cost of £ 4.2 million.[3]

Knavesmire Primary School opened in 1914 and is the main primary school in the area. Millthorpe School is a specialist language college and has recently been awarded specialist status in science. The York branch of The College of Law is located on Bishopthorpe Road. Many law students rent houses in South Bank.

St Chad's Greys[4] is the local Scout Group. It was formed in 1926 and is one of the largest groups in York and one of only three groups in North Yorkshire which have a Scout Band.


(All walk times calculated by GPS from South Bank Avenue)

  • 20 minutes' walk or 5 minutes by bicycle to York railway station
  • 18 minutes' walk or 4 minutes by bicycle to York City Centre
  • 14 minutes' walk or 3 minutes by bicycle to the York greenbelt along the River Ouse
  • 7 minutes' walk or 1 minute by bicycle to York Racecourse
  • The York to Selby cycle path (Distance: 15 miles one way) starts from near York Racecourse.
  • 6 minutes' walk or 1 minute by bicycle to the proposed luxury development at the old Terry's Chocolate Factory

Images of local area[edit]


  1. ^ "Terry's plans to close York site". BBC News. 19 April 2004. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  2. ^ "End of era as Terry's site closes". BBC News. 30 September 2005. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  3. ^ York Press, "Landmark for the Millennium", retrieved 6 February 2010
  4. ^ St Chad's Greys website Archived 8 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.

Coordinates: 53°56′47″N 1°05′10″W / 53.946444°N 1.086056°W / 53.946444; -1.086056