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COWLE William 1819 - 1899

Times report of Will July 2 1900

Mr. William Cowle, of Park-house, Stroud, Gloucester, who died on December 13, aged 80, a retired grocer and an ardent Freemason, bequeathed £2,500 to the Sherborne Lodge of Freemasons and £4,000 to trustees to establish, or help in establishing a public museum in Stroud. He devised an acre of land as a site for the museum, and he bequeathed £1,000 to be applied to in keeping in order an observatory which he had built. He left the site and building of the observatory and the telescopes and other contents of the observatory in trut for public use. The gross value of his estate  is £13,708 18s.



1841 census shows a William Cowle (born in Stroud - which doesn't tally with other info) working as a Grocers Assistant in High Street head of household is Ann Mills (aged 69) who is shown with occupatoin independent. 

Marriage of William Cowle to Helen Birt took place in Oct-Dec Quarter 1845. 1841 census shows Ellen Birt (aged 18) as living at Tower Hill, Stroud with her mother Mary(aged 55) (with Mary's occupation shown as independent) Mother mary, living in High Street, is described as retired inn keeper in 1851 census

 1851 Census in George Street shows William Cowle (aged 30) tea dealer and grocer, born in Farringdon Berkshire  living with his wife Ellen (aged 29) born in Stroud. Living with them are 2 tea dealers/shopmen.

1861 Census shows them both (Ellen now shown as Helen) still living at George Street. There are 2 different shop staff.

1871 census shows them both living with a servant at Exchange Buildings High Street as "retired grocer".

1881 census shows them having moved to Park Road with one servant and a niece Florence E Chard aged 12 born in Bristol

1891 census shows William as a widower living at Park House, Park Road with 2 servants
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