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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.
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.