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Bainbridge, Emerson Muschamp (1817–1892), department store owner, was born on 25 August 1817 in Eastgate, Weardale, co. Durham, the youngest child in the family of two sons and five daughters of Cuthbert Bainbridge (1772–1850), a farmer, and his wife, Mary Muschamp (1774–1850), the youngest child of ...

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Bedford, John (1903–1980), department store manager, was born on 16 January 1903 at 26 Court 6 New John Street, west Birmingham, the only son of John Bedford and his wife, Rosalind Nicholls. His father was a journeyman brass-caster who established his own small brass foundry, money from which was to be used to enable his son to enter the legal profession. Unfortunately, the business failed and his son was required to start work. He did so in a ...

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Hepworth, Joseph (1834–1911), clothing manufacturer and retailer, was born on 12 May 1834 at Lindley, Huddersfield, the son of George Hepworth, shoemaker. He left school and entered the textile trade at the age of ten, working at Joseph Walker's woollen mill in Lindley...

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Jones, Sir (David) Fletcher (1895–1977), clothing manufacturer and retailer, was born on 14 August 1895 at Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, the fifth child of Samuel Henry Jones, a blacksmith from Cornwall, and his Australian-born wife, Mahala, née Johns (d. 1897). Samuel remarried and had a second family. ...

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Owen, Owen (1847–1910), department store owner, was born on 13 October 1847 at Cwmrhaeadr, near Machynlleth, Montgomeryshire, Wales, the oldest child in the family of three sons and three daughters of Owen Owen (1818–1872), tenant farmer, of Cwmrhaeadr, and his second wife, Esther Elizabeth (1814–1855)...

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Roberts, Alfred (1892–1970), shopkeeper and local politician, was born on 18 April 1892 in the village of Ringstead, near Oundle, Northamptonshire, the third of seven children of Benjamin Ebenezer Roberts (b. 1857), shoe manufacturer, and his wife, Ellen Smith. The Roberts family came originally from ...