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06
Mar

JOSEPH COWEN (father and son)

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Historian William Bourn tells us that the Cowen family moved from Lindisfarne (Holy Island) to Stella on Tyneside, sometime after the reformation and dissolution of the monastries. It seems they probably moved to what they hoped would be a catholic safe haven, in the shelter of the Tempest family of Stella Hall. The Tempests were […]

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05
Mar

Joseph Cowen

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MP, Radical & publisher; Joseph Cowen was ahead of his times in 19th Century. A friend of revolutionaries, he fought to abolish slavery and he campaigned for the vote. He angered Gladstone and Queen Victoria was not amused at his rabble rousing -in other words, he was the perfect man to launch the Chronicle. MIKE […]

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04
Mar

Ales mark huge contribution to North industrial heritage

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By Michael Brown Newly-formed Firebrick Brewery is commemorating the contribution Sir Joseph Cowen made to Tyneside A new brewery is celebrating a father and son who left a major mark on Tyneside. Between them, Victorian MPs Sir Joseph Cowen and Joseph Cowen Jnr founded the Chronicle, rerouted the Tyne, secretly supported revolutionaries around Europe, fought […]

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