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Barker, Sir John (1840–1914), department store owner, was born at Loose, Kent, on 6 April 1840, the son of Joseph Barker, a carpenter and brewer, and his wife, Ann Sells. He was educated privately and in 1853 began a three-year apprenticeship to a draper in ...

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Drewe [formerly Drew], Julius Charles (1856–1931), retailer and architectural patron, was born on 4 April 1856 at Pulloxhill vicarage, Pulloxhill, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, the sixth child in a family of four sons and three daughters of the Revd George Smith Drew (d. 1880)...

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Kay, William Kilbourne (1856–1929), mail-order retailer, was born on 11 September 1856 at Market Harborough, Leicestershire, the son of Richard Kay, a doctor. Nothing else is known about his education or early life. However, on 15 February 1883, when he married Jessie Farenden (1858-1938)...

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Lewis, John Spedan (1885–1963), department store owner and industrial reformer, was born in Marylebone, London, on 22 September 1885, the elder son of John Lewis (1836–1928), a Somerset draper who from 1864 built up a successful retail business in Oxford Street, and his wife, ...

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Linley, Francis (1770/71–1800), composer and music-seller, was born in Doncaster. Although he was blind from birth, he received a good education, and studied music under Edward Miller, organist of Doncaster parish church from 1756 to 1807. About 1790 Linley held the post of organist at ...

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Love, David (1750–1827), pedlar and poet, was born at Torriburn (Torryburn) on the north shore of the Firth of Forth in Fife, Scotland, on 17 November 1750 and baptized in nearby Culross on 2 January 1751. His parents were Anne, née Robertson (...