According to Colvin, William Cole was 'the third architect of that name to practice in Chester' though his father and grandfather were primarily builders. Despite his pupillage with Thomas Harrison and his travels to Italy, Greece, Asia Minor, Egypt and Morocco, his work was not particularly distinguished: 'A tall, handsome, man, Cole was twice married and had seventeen children'.
Thomas Hargreaves was an assistant to Sir Thomas Lawrence but returned home to Liverpool for health reasons about 1795. Cole presumably met him in Liverpool through his work on the development of Birkenhead, in which Cole played an important role.
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