Brighton and Beyond

A History of the Cowley Family

Reproduced by kind permission of The Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove

From William Cowley (1798) From Charles Henry Cowley (1854)

From Henry Cowley (1831)

31 Dec 1851


22 Jan 1861 London



From William Arthur Cowley (1867)

Thanks to Su & Paul Cowley for their assistance with the family tree data and for supplying the photographs  on this page

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b 22 Jan 1829

d 30 Dec 1859



b 13 Jun 1831

d 26 Jul 1893



b 24 sep 1826

d 4 Apr 1901

Charles Henry


b 27 Mar 1854

d 21 May 1928

Alfred Morris


b 3 May 1856

d Not known



b 9 Dec 1858

d 7 Feb 1859



b 5 Dec 1859

d 5 Dec 1859

Eliza Caroline


b 5 Nov 1861

d 13 Sep 1913

William Arthur


b 13 Jun 1867

d 11 Jun 1947

  Page updated - 28 December 2011

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Charles Henry Cowley

Although Charles Henry descends from the farming side of the Cowley family, it seems that he did not follow in his father’s occupation.  In the 1871 census he is listed as ‘driving a milk van’, but in later censuses he is variously a ‘greengrocer’ and ‘printer’s book keeper ‘.

Charles Henry Cowley

Date unknown

Family group at Ovingdean Grange

Charles Henry Cowley - 2nd from right

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William Arthur Cowley

William Arthur followed in his father’s footsteps as a farmer and took over the running of Ovingdean Grange farm when Henry Cowley died in 1893.  He subsequently passed the farm on to his son in law, Percy Filkins.

William Arthur Cowley, his wife, Lilly Millicent (nee Holloway), and their children (L to R) Thomas Aubrey, Arthur, and Eva Cowley

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Dairymen & Farmers Research notes

Henry Cowley

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Henry Cowley

Henry Cowley with, probably, his wife Elizabeth (nee Hibbs)

Henry Cowley farmed at both Black Rock Farm and at Ovingdean Grange farm.  His success can be measured by the size of his estate - some £500,000 at today’s values.

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