TOWLE FAMILY OF WHEELWRIGHTS,
Trading in the town 1839-1958
Alan Towle 1806-1864 and his wife Mary. He was a Wheelwright and is in Claxby when his son Alan is born, the family move to Oxford Street in Market Rasen by 1839 when their daughter Betsy was born.
Alan Towle 1833-1906 and his first wife Sarah and second wife Joanna. Alan was born in Claxby in 1833, in 1841 he was with his family.
1851 census, Alan senior is in Oxford Street with his wife Mary, Alan and daughters Betsy and Ann, a servant and a second apprentice. Alan junior is his father’s apprentice. Alan married Sarah Marsh in 1861.
His son Alan 1861- and his wife Clara, their son Alan died young 1903-05.
Seth 1876-1981 (photograph with his bicycle). Market Rasen Mail 1981
Seth is born in Market Rasen in 1876 and joins the family firm. During WW1 he goes to work in Lincoln at Rustons, he also worked on building aeroplanes. He returned to the family firm where he continued to work as a Wheelwright and carpenter until he retired. In 1928 he married Rose Maltby and they had one daughter Jean.
Rose Maltby was born in 1895, her brother George was awarded the MM for bravery in 1917 and killed in action in October 1918. She was 33 when she married Seth and she died a year after her husband in 1982.
In 1976, on his 100th birthday he told the Market Rasen Mail reporter that he had been a very happy man living in Market Rasen.
Born in Market Rasen, married Nellie Taylor in 1896 and had 3 daughters. He and his brother Seth ran the family business until he died in 1958.
Census and Trade Directories
1841 census, Alan, Mary, servants and two children in Oxford Street. Wheelwright
1841 Pigot & Co directory- Allan Towle, Oxford Street, Wheelwright
1851 census, Alan, Mary, three children, servants in Oxford Street.
1856White’s directory- Allan Towle, Oxford Street, Wheelwright
1861 census, Alan, Mary, two daughters, servants and two apprentices in Oxford Street.
Alan and his new wife Sarah are living in Queen Street.
1871 census, Alan, Sarah, children-3 daughters and 2 sons, apprentices and servants all living in the property in Oxford Street. His mother Mary is living in Waterloo Street.
1881 census, Alan, Sarah, children-Allan a Wheelwright, Eva a Milliner, and 5 school children, servants-Wheelwrights all living in the property in Oxford Street. The business is good as there are 4 men working as Wheelwrights and joiners.
1885 Kelly’s directory- Allan Towle, Oxford Street, Wheelwright
1891 census, Alan, listed as a Farmer as well as a Wheelwright, Sarah, children-George and Louis are Wheelwrights and Seth is at school, one servant. At 19 Oxford Street.
Sarah died in 1899, Allan married Joanna in 1900.
1896 Kelly’s directory- Allan Towle, 19 Oxford Street, Wheelwright
1901 census, Alan and Joanna, son Seth a Wheelwright and one domestic servant.
Allan and his wife Clara are living in Leeds, he is a Journeyman Carpenter.
George and his wife Nellie and 2 daughters are living in Linwood Road, he is Carpenter.
Louis and his wife Flora are living in Leeds, he is a Joiner.
1906 Alan Towle died.
1909 Kelly’s directory- George & Seth Towle, 19 Oxford Street, Wheelwrights
1911 census, George and Seth are living at 19 Oxford Street, Wheelwright and Carpenters. George and his wife Nellie and their 3 daughters.
1919 Kelly’s directory- George & Seth Towle, 19 Oxford Street, Wheelwrights
1926 Kelly’s directory- George & Seth Towle, 19 Oxford Street, Wheelwrights
1933 Market Rasen Mail – M & N Towle, 4 &6 Oxford Street, Drapers
1934 Directory- George & Seth Towle, 19 Oxford Street, Wheelwrights
1937 Kelly’s directory- George & Seth Towle, 19 Oxford Street, Wheelwrights
1939 census, George and Nellie and 2 daughters Nellie and Mabel are living at 19 Oxford Street. Nellie is a Ladies outfitter and Mabel is a School Teacher. Martha is a Shop assistant in Kent.
Seth and his wife Rose are living at Cullen, Walesby Road, Seth is listed as a Joiner.
1956 Receipt for goods and services George & Seth Towle, 19 Oxford Street, Wheelwrights and Joiner
1965 Official town Guide M & N Towle, 4 &6 Oxford Street, Ladies Outfitters and fancy Drapers (N. Towle)