Brighton and Beyond
A History of the Cowley Family
Reproduced by kind permission of The Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove
Bagnall & Co.
Alfred James Bagnall was born in 1872 in Ogley Hay, Staffordshire. In 1886 he was apprenticed for five years to Alfred Baker, a ‘Draper and Clothier’ in Chasetown, Staffordshire. He married Edith Annie Windram in 1898 and, in the 1901 census, they are living in Leicester with Alfred working as a Commercial Traveller. By 1911 Alfred had established the business of Bagnall & Co. -
In about 1911 Alfred and his wife bought a house in Evington, Leicester -
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Original architect’s sketch for shop -
Indenture document for Alfred James Bagnall -
Solicitor’s invoice for purchase of 216 & 218 Charnwood Street, Leicester 1920
Photograph of shop -
Sign from interior of shop -
Approx. 24 x 8 inches
‘Meadowcroft’, Evington, Leicester.
The home of Alfred James Bagnall.
The trappings of success! Invoice for a new 12hp Windsor saloon -
Dated May 1928
Another new car -
Dated 25 August 1936
And the downside -
Dated 7th, 19th & 24th Dec 1945
The business flourished and was actually still going when Alfred died although, by that time, Leicester’s main shopping centre had moved away from the Charnwood Street area and trade was suffering. The business was closed immediately after Alfred’s death and the shops, subject to a compulsory purchase order for redevelopment of the area, were eventually sold to Leicester City Council.
Page updated: 17 February 2015
© Peter Cowley 2015