House Cowan House has a rich history dating back to the 1850's when two tenants in common owned Ellenborough Park, originally a large area of parkland in Weston-Super-Mare, they then sold the land for the building of residential housing.
In 1911 England census Arthur L. Wills aged 60 and Maria J. Wills aged 58 owned the property. Arthur was a retired Corn merchant and the grandson of Henry Overton Wills (1st) who helped to establish Wills Tobacco of Bristol in 1846. From 1959 - 1979 Cowan House, originally Glandore House was a large Victorian Villa run as a George Muller foundation residential care home for children, before being converted into a day care centre from 1979 for children being brought up in emotionally, physically or mentally unstable homes with the fundamental aim to keep them out of residential care and in their own homes.
"The George Muller Foundation set up the day care centre with the vision to meet the growing need of children up to 5 years. They offered practical help and advice to parents as well as having the capacity to care for 30 children split into three different groups. In 1995 the building was closed and reopened as Cowan House Community Resource Centre where they still had day care services on a Tuesday and a Thursday but then also ran different groups and support services, this included Parent and Toddler Groups, Womens Groups and contact services for families that were separated for different reasons. This was then closed in 2003." (Information from The George Muller Charitable Trust 14.09.21)
In 2011 Cowan House was bought by the Symons family who gave the property a much needed renovation, bringing the house back to life whilst conserving the many wonderful original features. We welcome all knowledge of the history of this beautiful house, so please do not hesitate to get in contact if you have any memories or information you would like to share.