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Abel, John (1578/9–1675), master carpenter, was probably born and lived at Sarnesfield, Herefordshire. A Catholic recusant, he was brought before a church court in 1618 for contracting a secret marriage with his wife, Johanna. She was still alive in 1640, when she appeared in a list of recusants with her husband. Few other facts are known about ...

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Atkinson, Thomas (bap. 1729, d. 1798), architect and mason, was baptized on 22 June 1729 at Holy Trinity Church, King's Court, York, the son of Thomas Atkinson (d. 1765), a mason, and his wife, Jane Marshall. He worked with his father on ...

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Brown, Richard (1736–1816), stonemason and manufacturer of decorative stone, was born in Derby and baptized at the collegiate church of All Saints on 25 July 1736, son of Richard Browne [Richard [i] Brown] (1700–1756), mason, and his second wife, Ann, née...

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Castillo, John (1792–1845), stonemason, poet, and preacher, was born at Rathfarnham, near Dublin. When he was two or three years old his parents, who were Roman Catholics, emigrated to England, and on the voyage were shipwrecked off the Isle of Man. They settled in the hamlet of ...

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Crapper, Thomas (bap. 1836, d. 1910), plumber, was born at Thorne, Yorkshire, and baptized on 28 September 1836 at St Nicholas's Church, Thorne, the fourth of five sons of Charles Crapper, steamboat captain, and his wife, Sarah. The claim that, aged eleven, he walked the ...

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Thomas Crapper (bap. 1836, d. 1910) by Edith Bertha Crapper V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Crosse, Andrew (1784–1855), electrician, was born on 17 June 1784 at Fyne Court in the parish of Broomfield, Somerset. He was the son of Richard Crosse (d. 1800), high sheriff of Somerset, and his second wife, Susanna (d. 1805), daughter of ...

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Gosset, Isaac (1713–1799), frame maker and wax modeller, was born in St Helier, Jersey, on 2 May 1713, the sixth and posthumous son of Jean Gosset and his wife, Suzanne d'Allain. His parents had married in St Helier on 11 July 1696, his mother having earlier abjured Roman Catholicism in the parish church. ...

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Griggs, John (1551/2–1598), carpenter, was the son of Simon Griggs, citizen and butcher of London, and his wife, Elizabeth, who lived in Pudding Lane in the parish of St Margaret, New Fish Street. Simon Griggs died in 1570, leaving the lease on his house to his wife and the rest of his goods to his wife and children. On 1 November 1573 ...

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Grumbold, Robert (bap. 1639, d. 1720), mason and architect, was baptized in June 1639 at Raunds, Northamptonshire, the son of Edward and Mary Grumbold, and was a member of a family of masons originating at the quarry villages of Raunds and Weldon which was active in the ...

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Herland, Hugh (d. 1406?), master carpenter, was the presumed son of William Herland (d. 1375), master carpenter to Edward III. William first appears c.1332 as a sawyer of moulds at St Stephen's Chapel, Westminster, where William Hurley was master carpenter. He was also employed at the ...

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Holt, Thomas (1577/8–1624), carpenter, was born in Yorkshire. He was one of the group of northern craftsmen, including the Halifax masons John Akroyd and John Bentley, who were invited to Oxford by Sir Henry Savile, warden of Merton College, at a time when the university was in dispute with the city building crafts, and who undertook some of the most prestigious projects of the first two decades of the seventeenth century. Despite the assumption that he came from ...