Edgar Julian Stowe

It is surprising how little we know about Edgar Julian Stowe at Market Lavington Museum. Not only was he headmaster of the village school before, during and after the Second World War, but he was also quite a prolific writer, mostly on matters associated with the countryside. One of his books, ‘Crafts of the Countryside’ has just been purchased and donated to the museum.

Title Page of 'Crafts of the Countryside' by E J Stowe

This is a delightful book published in 1948 and reissued in 1973. It still gets recommendations. If you look up ‘Rural Crafts’ on Wikipaedia, the book suggested for further reading is this very one – Crafts of the Countryside’ by E J Stowe.

I might add that the on line book sellers from whom this copy was bought received high praise from the purchaser. We wouldn’t normally advertise on this museum blog, but if you are seeking a second hand book then give UloveBooks a try.

Apart from being by the Market Lavington School headmaster, the book contains sections on basket making, which features the Mullings family of the village and also on dewpond building which features the Smith family. Maybe Mr Stowe was helped in this section by one of his assistant teachers, Mrs Perry who was a Smith by birth.

Edgar Stowe was born towards the end of the 19th century, in Westbury, Wiltshire, where his father was a book keeper at a cloth mill. He married Mary Shackell in 1927. We believe they had two sons who might well be alive and well. We’d love to hear from them to fill in gaps in our knowledge. Just when did Edgar take up his post in Market Lavington? When did he retire? That’s a couple of things we’d love to know. We know that Edgar died in 1965 – still a young man by today’s standards.

We do have a photograph which features Mr Stowe with students at the school.

1951 Market Lavington school photo with Mr Stowe at back left

This photo dates from 1951. Mr Stowe is the teacher on the left. The other is Mr Wellings. We have the names of most of the girls as well. If you recognize yourself in this photograph then do, please get in touch.

We also have a 1949 letter.

Letter from Mr Stowe thanking Mr Drury for help - 1949

We would love to know more about Edgar. Can you help?

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One Response to “Edgar Julian Stowe”

  1. Mr Stowe Swings « Market Lavington Museum Says:

    […] was and remains a well known author on the topic. A previous blog entry looked at his book,   ‘Crafts of the Countryside’ which was published in […]

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