Brighton and Beyond

A History of the Cowley Family

Reproduced by kind permission of The Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove

From Thomas Cowley (1830) X From Francis Cooly From Thomas Cowley (1796) From Henry Cowley (1795) X X X X

22 May 1793

Preston

Sussex

21 Jun 1829

Brighton Sussex

3 Feb 1780

Henfield

Sussex

From Thomas Cowley (1772)

From Albert Cowley (1841) From Francis Cowley (1837)

  Page updated - 27 February 2016

Sarah

Cowley

b Abt 1803

d Not known

Samuel

Woolgar

b 14 Jul 1755

d Abt 1839

Albert

Cowley

b Abt 1841

d 24 Aug 1876

John

Cowley

b Abt 1844

d Before 1891

Charles

Cowley

b Abt 1851

d Not known

Thomas

Cowley

b Abt 1830

d 12 Nov 1890

Henry

Cowley

b 1842

d 1842

Caroline

Cowley

b Abt 1852

d 1 Apr 1934

Thomas

Cowley

b Abt 1772

d Not known

Susannah

Scrase

b Abt 1761

d Not known

Mary

Mitchell

b Abt 1759

d Abt 1841

Henry

Cowley

b Abt 1795

d Not known

Thomas

Cowley

b Abt 1796

d Abt 1879

Susannah

Cowley

b Abt 1800

d Not known

Emma

Woolgar

b Abt 1808

d Abt 1866

Francis

Cowley

b Abt 1806

d 26 Oct 1881

Emma

Cowley

b Abt 1839

d Abt 1839

Jane

Cowley

b Abt 1835

d Abt 1837

William

Cowley

b Abt 1833

d Abt 1837

Francis

Cowley

b Abt 1837

d 19 Dec 1903

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Stephen

Cowley

b Abt 1848

d 1918

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Francis Cowley


Born in Rottingdean, Sussex, Francis was a baker and, by the 1861 census, was living and working at 9/10 Pool Valley, Brighton (the business that became known as ‘Ye Olde Bunn Shoppe’).  He died in Brighton and the business was taken over by his daughter, Caroline.


The photograph, reproduced by kind permission of the Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton and Hove, shows Pool Valley, Brighton with the Cowley bakery in the background.

Research notes Ye Olde Bunn Shoppe

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Francis Cowley

Francis was born in Brighton, Sussex in 1837 and christened in St Nicholas’ Church. Researching Francis’s marriages was complicated as his first two wives both had the forenames ‘Mary Ann(e)’.  Following the death of his first wife, Mary Anne Tugwell, Francis married his late wife’s sister in law (nee mary Ann Hart), the widow of John Henry Tugwell.  After the death of his second wife Francis married another widow, Charlotte Louisa Naylor (nee Woolley).


From the three marriages Francis had seven children and became stepfather to a further three from his third wife’s first marriage.

St. Nicholas' Church, Brighton Research notes
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