Although our timeframe is 1873 to the 1950s, we have gone back as far as the 17thC for background, and snippets appear here. Our research was written up at different times so these links take you to specific highlights. The year 2013 was spent devising an exhibition and writing a book about William Cowle, which was an unintended consequence of our research! By May 2014 the archive was completed.
In which William COWLE offers 103 highly desirable building Lots for immediate sale.
and how they came to be sold. The plans were drawn by William Henry Cox FISHER, local architect.
The Lots were bought by local tradesmen, builders, landowners, and a couple of convenient front-men.
Until the 1860s, Granville Cottages and Holy Trinity were the only new buildings for 200 years. This page briefly describes the early owners.
We found a description in an 1853 mortgage transfer. JCCBPH's many debts were only paid off in 1873.
This home page offers links to some of the highlights of our research. The full archive is now (May 2014) available.
A transcript of the original Deed - mandatory for all purchasers; it still applies today.
We carefully photographed this fragile scrapbook from the early 1890s. Here is a list of the contents, with some illustrations.
Buy William Cowle of Stroud online, and find out about The Cowle Legacy exhibition.
Our archive holds © data, lent or donated by neighbours. This page explains how the project started and what we want to achieve.
In 2011 we collected title deeds, wrote up research notes, visited houses, found surprising facts about local people, and were given lovely old photos for the archive.
May 2014 The research archive is now available online. It contains Lot Notes, House Histories, and stories about the many people involved in the early development of The Field estate.
The FEWC archive mentions over 1,200 local people involved in the early development of The Field estate. Some of them have separate cameos - including George Holloway (founder of the Original Holloway Society) whose rent-to-buy scheme resulted in four pilot terraces here.
Ordnance Survey maps between the 1880s and 1950s clearly show the development stages of The Field estate. OS copyright restricts the free publication of modern maps but here are some that we have permission to display:
The HAWKINS, GREGORY, ARUNDELL families - and JCCBPH's awfully rich CALLAND relatives - are in another section on this website.
A researcher's dream - missing papers turned up out of the blue. Suddenly we had his wills, title deeds, and accounts from the 1873 auction.