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« on: March 04, 2017, 07:30:52 AM »

This memorial plaque honouring Dr. Joseph Henry Cowham is inside Holy trinity Church, Husrtpierpoint, West Sussex.   The inscription reads :

                  In memory of
   JOSEPH HENRY COWHAM LLD, FGS.
 a pioneer in new methods of education
who died on the 4th day of June 1934 in
  his 90th year, this tablet is erected by
             his Wife and Family.



Mid Sussex Times - Tuesday 12 June 1934

THE LATE DR. J. H. COWHAM LL.D.

Internment in Hurstpierpoint Cemetery.

With the simplicity which was so dear to him in life, Hurstpierpoint's grand old man, Dr. Joseph Henry Cowham LL.D., of the Byway, Western Road, was laid to rest in Hurst Cemetery on Thursday.   Although in his 90th year, the deceased was active and alert.  His death was unexpected.  It occurred while asleep on 4th June.  For 35 years Dr Cowham was Master of Method at The Westminster Training College for Teachers.  He was chosen to represent English methods of education at the International Congress of Education held in Chicago in July 1899, and wrote several educational text books which were widely used in training colleges and schools.  He was awarded the bronze medal for those books at the World's Colombian Exposition of 1892-3, held in commemoration of the four-hundredth anniversary of the landing of Columbus.  His daughter, Hilda Cowham (Mrs. E. Lander), is the well known illustrator of children books.  Dr Cowham had lived in Hurstpierpoint for twelve years, and although his age prevented him from taking part in local affairs, his geniality and kindliness made him a general favourite.

The first part of the funeral service was held in the Hurstpierpoint Methodist Church - deceased's place of worship.  It was conducted by Dr. H. B. Workman (late Principal of Westminster College) assisted by the Rev. PETER WOODS (Methodist Minister at Hurst).  The chief mourners were Mr. H. E. Cowham and Mr. L. S. Cowham (sons), Miss E. Cowham, Mrs E. Lander (Hilda Cowham) and Mrs. W. Hammond (daughters), Mr. William Hammond (son-in-law), Mrs. L.S. Cowham and Mrs. O.W. Cowham (daughters in law).  Others present were Mrs. Addley, Mr. J. Davis, Mr. T.F.A. Darvell, Mr.s W. Gander, Mrs. B.B.Hender, Mr. H. King, Sir Arthur Newsome (Brighton), Mrs. Parsons (representing Miss Mason), Mrs. Payne, Mr William U. Rutter (Westminster 1883-4), Mrs. Ripley, Mr. J.S. Ross (Vice-Principle of Westminster College), MR. J.E. Smith, Mr. H. Willoughby Smith (Secretary of The Westminster Club), Miss B. Toombs, Mrs. Voyce Sen., Miss Grace Woodhead (of The Downs School, Brighton), Mr. W.H. Waldron and Mrs. Webb.

The coffin was of unpolished oak and there were no flowers by request.  The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. F. Davey of High Street, Hurstpierpoint.  
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The inscription and newspaper report give a good insight into the academic life of this gentleman.  

An internet search on "Joseph Henry Cowham" doesn't reveal much - but a similar search on "Joseph Cowham Education" does show some of the titles of the books that he published.  His 'post-nominal letters' are LL.D. (Doctor of Law) and F.G.S. ( Fellow of The Geographical Society of London).

Some of his book titles :-

The Principles of Oral Teaching and Mental Training

Cowham's Graphic Lessons in Physical and Astronomical Geography.

First Lessons in Geography, for the use of the Nursery and the Junior Classes in School, improved and corrected to the Year 1880

Cowham's Graphic Lessons in Physical & Astronomical Geography

The principles of oral teaching and mental training : the principles of teaching illustrated by references to familiar school experience also lessons - how to prepare, give, and criticise them together with specimen notes of lessons on all the ordinary subjects 1892.

The principles of oral teaching and mental training : the principles of teaching illustrated by references to familiar school experience also lessons - how to prepare, give, and criticise them together with specimen notes of lessons on all the ordinary subjects of school instruction - all with a view to mental training
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They are just some of the book titles which Dr. Cowham wrote.

If he was 90 when he died in 1934 then he would have been born in 1844.  I have tried to find his grave but haven't been successful.

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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2017, 10:45:41 AM »

Craggs
See wife's name when searching for the grave ??

Joseph Henry Cowham

Born ¼ Mar 1845, Friskney, Lincs.
Married Eliza Anna Butcher 14.4.1870, Southwark(born 1848 Southwark)

Probate. Of Byway, Hurstpierpoint. Died 4.6.1934. Probate to Ethel Marion Cowham, spinster, Hilda Gertrude Lander(wife of Edgar Lander), William Charles Gale Hammond, company director. Effects £15894.
Probate. Eliza Anna. Same address. Died 24.4.1941(age 93). Probate to Barclays Bank. Effects £2039.

In 1911, with Wife Eliza Anna Cowham, & daughter Ethel Marion Cowham. At 12 Dorlcote Road, Wandsworth Common S W. At 12 Dorlcote Road, Wandsworth Common S W(8 rooms).
He was a retired Tutor. Ethel assisting in the home. Eliza shows 6 children, all living.

In 1901 they were at 12 Dorlcote Rd, Wandsworth with children Ethel, Leslie, Evelyn.   Joseph a tutor in xxxx College. Leslie a tea salesman a Grocers.

In 1891 they were at 6 Dorlcote Rd Wandsworth with all 6 children. Joseph a Tutor Logic(?)-school.

Son Oswald a private Army Service Corps, No 104089 to France 15.9.1915. Killed 1.12.1917. Buried at Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Son Leslie also in Army Service Corps, No 25796. Survived.
Son Harold with Royal Engineers No 223992. Survived.

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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2017, 12:10:30 PM »

Thank you Alkhamhills,..... excellent......  I'll look again when I'm next in Hurstpierpoint.   I'm pretty sure, going on his year of death, that he will be buried in the New Cemetery.
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2017, 16:32:32 PM »

A small but interesting addition..........

Mid Sussex Times - Tuesday 05 January 1932

HURSTPIERPOINT.


AN INTERSETING VISITOR - People in artistic circles will be interested to hear that "Hilda Cowham",  the eminent black and white artist, and her husband, Captain Lander, have been spending their Christmas holiday at Pelham House, Hurstpierpoint.  It is not generally known that the lady is a daughter of Mr Joseph H. Cowham LL.D., of Byways, Western Road, Hurstpierpoint.
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The Lady referred to is "Hilda Cowham" .  I'm going to look up some of her illustrations in children's books for which, at the time, she was very famous.
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