Person    | Male  Born 7/6/1846  Died 21/8/1911

Alfred Cotgreave

Alfred Cotgreave was born on 7 June 1846 in Eccleston, Cheshire, the son of Robert and Mary Cotgreave and was baptised as Alfred Robert Cotgreave on 4 April 1847 in St Catherine's Church, Tranmere, Cheshire. This was the only record that could be found with Robert as his middle name.

In the 1861 census he is described as a sailor midshipman, living at 17 Vassal Villas, Lambeth, with his parents. His father's occupation was recorded as a land surveyor. On 23 May 1866 he received his Board of Trade Certificate of Competency as a Second Mate in the Merchant Service.

He married Maria Moore (1836-1921) on 5 December 1870 in St Mary Magdalene Church, Liverpool, Lancashire, where the marriage certificate shows him as a mariner living in Liverpool whilst she is described as spinster residing in Northwich, Cheshire.

By the time of the 1881 census he had changed his occupation as he is described as a librarian, residing at the Public Library, Richmond, Surrey, with his wife. He was still a librarian when the 1901 census was taken, but he and his wife were now living at 166a Romford Road, West Ham, Essex. He completed his 1911 census return showing himself to be an inventor of library fittings and was occupying an eight roomed property at 29 Victoria Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, with his wife and a female domestic servant.

He died, aged 65 years, on 21 August 1911 at 29 Victoria Road, Great Yarmouth, and was buried on 24 August 1911 in Plot C855 in Caister Borough Cemetery, Ormesby Rd, Caister-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, NR30 5NL. Administration of his estate was granted to his widow on 20 October 1911 and his effects totalled £14-9s-9d.

Our image comes from a blog by Peter Cotgreave (an author and surely a relative?) who introduces some of Cotgreave's "library fittings" including this "Long-Reacher".  He also appears (having lost some hair) as "Chief Librarian" in the centre of a wonderful photo captioned "Stratford Library. West Ham library staff. c1900".

Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk and Andrew Behan.

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