Thomas Cole

From Historical Hastings

Born in Islington, Cole was resident at 33 Robertson Street in 1861 with his father, sister, wife and two children, moving to 1 Linton Terrace in 1867 working as a tutor, moving to 59 Cambridge Road by 1881[1]. Cole was instrumental in setting up the Philosophical Society, School of Science and Art, the Athaeneum, the St. Leonards Lodge of Freemasons and the Chess Club and was also one of the first volunteers in the Cinque Ports Volunteers, starting as a private and rising through the ranks to quartermaster[2]. For his time, Cole was quite forward in his thinking, putting forward the proposal that there should be mixed-sex classes studying the sciences and the arts; even going as far as attending Cambridge to vote for females being permitted to study at both Girton College and other institutions up to degree level[3]. Cole was recognised for his services to literature, art and archaeology by means of being awarded a purse of 200 sovereign[4]s on the 5th of March 1883 at a presentation held in the Assembly Room, Claremont[2].


Children of: Thomas Cole and Ellen B
Name Birth Death Joined with
Philip Mure Fossett Cole (1856-1926) 1856 1926 [[Kate Ranger (1855-1913)]]

George J. Cole


Henry H. Cole


Mary M. Cole


Author of the following works;

The Antiquities of Hastings and the Battlefield (Thomas Cole 1864) Google Books - 1864 ESCC Library. A later edition is also available: ESCC Library - 1884

Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea as a health and pleasure resort : with statistics and local information / edited by T.H. Cole, meteorological report by H. Colborne Internet Archive Google Books

Official guide to the 1889 Health Congress : including a short account of Hastings and St Leonards-on-sea / specially written for the committee by T.H. Cole and meteorological notes prepared by H. Colborne.

References & Notes

  1. UK Census 1881
  2. a b British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 10 March 1883 Pg. 0003
  3. British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 10 March 1883 Pg. 0003
  4. An explanation of old currency and coinage may be found at the following website Pre-decimal currency, accessdate: 16 June 2022