COWES, ISLE OF WIGHT
In plot 1, grave 2934 lies Thomas Jones who was a hotelier running at one stage both the Gloster Hotel on the Parade and the Fountain Hotel in the High St. Thomas‘s grave is in front of the Woodyear vault adjacent to the left-hand path nearest to Newport Rd. Recorded on same memorial stone is his wife Maria also remembered is their only son Brooke, who is buried in the adjoining plot. Thomas was buried on the 25th July 1876. Brooke, who died tragically young, was buried on 1st May 1882 aged just 27. Maria was buried on 18th April 1884.
Hackney born Thomas Jones oversaw a very high class hotel, the Gloster, possibly the best in town at the time. It was conveniently close to the Royal Yacht Squadron. This hotel previously Gloster House owes its name to a visit by the Duke of Gloucester and his sister, Princess Sophia (children of George 3rd) in 1811. It was the home for the Royal Yacht Squadron prior to its move to Cowes Castle in 1855. Many famous people stayed at the Gloster including in 1868 Lord Randolph Churchill, father of Winston Churchill and in 1871, during his exile, Napoleon III, Emperor of France and his wife Eugenie stayed at this hotel.