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Lewis, John (1836–1928), department store owner, was born at Town Street, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, on 24 February 1836, the fifth child (of nine) and first son of John Lewis (1798–1843), a cabinet-maker and baker of Town Street, and his wife, Elizabeth Speed. Orphaned when his father died, he was brought up by an unmarried aunt, ...

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Lowe, Roger (d. 1679), diarist and shopkeeper, was born in Leigh, Lancashire. His parents, of whom almost nothing is known, were both dead by 1663, leaving four children. He attended the grammar school in Leigh and then between 1657 and 1658 was in service with the vicar of ...