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Copied by J E Smith from Northampton Mercury 17th November 1916, p2 col3
Cole the writer of various Histories
Mr Cole was born at Northampton in 1792 and was apprenticed to MR Birdstall, bookseller. He married a daughter of James Marshall of Northampton.

His first published work (1815) was a History of Northampton & its vicinity, and he helped Baker in compiling his history. He published many works dealing with local matters; as a bookseller he did not make much headway.

He was in business at Lincoln, Scarborough, Hull and then returned to Northampton where he opened a Shop on the Market Square adding to his income by lectures on natural philosophy. He was however, forced to make a composition with his creditors. Later he opened a small school at Wellingborough where he placed geological specimens as well as such incongruous things as apples and bacon in his window for sale. From Wellingborough he went to Ringstead & eventually died at Woodford in 1843. He was an Antiquary by nature and as a bookseller, schoolmaster & lecturer he was equally a failure.


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