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Ref No SC
TitleThe Sarah Cowley Charity Trust, St Helens
Date 1857-1949
Extent396 items, 23 volumes, 12 bundles, 3 files
Level Fonds
CreatorNameThe Sarah Cowley Charity Trust, St.Helens
RelatedMaterialFor further information see:
"Cowley Schools: intentions interpretations and interference" by K. T. Taylor, 1987.
AdminHistorySarah Cowley was born in the 1650s and was brought up in the Eccleston area of St Helens. As an unmarried woman she bought a farm in Hardshaw, now the center of St.Helens, which became part of several bequests she made on her death in 1715/16. The most significant of these bequests was to be used for "the bringing up of poore persons children to the scools at St Elins---such as are not able to pay for the same themselves, and to find them with bookes as the horne booke, the primer, salter, teastiment and the Bible till they can reade the Bible".

A Sarah Cowley Charity Trust was established to administer this aspect of the provisions of her will. Initially the Trust supported the education of children within a number of local schools. It was only later in the history of the bequest that a school was opened bearing the name of Cowley.

St.Helens Borough Council became responsible for the administration of Cowley Schools during the twentieth centry as a result of general changes in legislation,.
AcquisitionThe records were deposited by St.Helens Borough Council, Town Clerks Department in 1981.
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