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F Cowley
The shop in High Street

Born at Northampton, Mr. Fred Cowley came to Rushden in the 1880s as an insurance agent, with his wife Mary Ann (born at Leeds). They opened a 'fancy repository' shop in Church Street in the 1890s.

By 1900 they had moved into 19 High Street, and by 1908 had moved to this shop at 23 High Street, and were now selling wools and drapery.

see a picture c1903 of the two properties

Rushden Argus, 5th October 1917

Rushden Soldier Gazetted
Mr. H. H. Cowley, son of Mr. Fred Cowley, of High-street, Rushden, has been gazetted Second-Lieutenant, and attached to the Liverpool Regiment, South Wales. The young officer is 19 years of age.

Rushden Echo, 12th August 1921 , transcribed by Kay Collins

Plate Glass Smash—A plate glass window measuring about twelve feet by twelve feet, in Mr. F. Cowley’s shop, High-street, was smashed into hundreds of pieces on Monday dinner-time by one of a flock of sheep that were passing at the time. “Silly as sheep” seems true as the occasion since the addle-pated animal dashed ferociously at its own reflection, which, with the glass, it completely demolished! The glass was nearly half-an-inch in thickness.

Rushden Echo 16th September 1921, transcribed by Susan Manton

Unlucky Window. Several weeks ago a plate glass window in Mr. F. Cowley’s shop was smashed by sheep and within the past few days the window has been replaced. The new window is cracked from the bottom, two or three feet upwards. The afore-mentioned “addle-pated” muttons are not responsible this time!

Rushden Echo, September 21st 1923, transcribed by Kay Collins

Illness—We learn this (Friday) morning that Mr. F. Cowley, who lies rather seriously ill, is not any better. His friends all wish him a speedy recovery and continued improvement.
Note: Fred was buried in Rushden Cemetery on 4th October 1923, aged 60 and is commemorated on Grave No. C475.

Mrs. Lines ran a fancy bazaar in the shop until 1908

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