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Andrews, Robert (1703–1763), lawyer and property developer, was born in London, probably at Upper John Street, Golden Square, on 3 September 1703, the fifth but second surviving son of Richard Andrews (1664–1734), a scrivener, and his wife, Elizabeth (1664–1749), daughter of Hugh Pigot...

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Burton [Haliburton], James (1761–1837), builder and developer, was born on 29 July 1761, probably in London, the son of William Haliburton, a Southwark-based builder of Scottish descent. He was articled to a surveyor named James Dalton in 1776, and subsequently became his partner. ...

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Carr, Jonathan Thomas (1845–1915), property developer, was born in Dublin, the eldest son among the ten children of Jonathan Carr (d. 1881), a wholesale woollen draper of Cumbrian origin with a business in the West End of London, and his Irish wife. The family was liberal in outlook, art loving, and gregarious: one brother, ...

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Hill, Philip Ernest (1873–1944), property developer and financier, was born at 8 Scarborough Terrace, Torquay, on 11 April 1873, the younger son and youngest of three children of Philip Hill (1839–1922), cab proprietor, and his wife, Mary Smith (1830–1883), a lodging-house keeper. His mother died when he was ten, his only sister subsequently bringing him up. In 1886 he entered ...

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John Innes (1829–1904) by H. C. Osterstock, 1934 John Innes Centre, Norwich

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Innes, John (1829–1904), property developer, and philanthropist, was born on 20 January 1829 in Hampstead, Middlesex, and baptized on 23 February 1829 at All Souls, St Marylebone, the sixth of seven known children of John Innes (1786–1869), a West Indies merchant of Mincing Lane...

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William Alexander Madocks (1773–1828) by Charles Turner, pubd 1812 (after James Ramsay) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Madocks, William Alexander (1773–1828), property developer and politician, born in London on 17 June 1773, was the third son of John Madocks of St Andrew's, Holborn, and of Fron Yw in Denbighshire, an eminent chancery barrister, who was MP for the borough of ...

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Meyrick, Sir George Eliott Tapps-Gervis-, third baronet (1827–1896), landowner and developer, was born at Dover on 1 September 1827, the only son among the four children of Sir George William Tapps-Gervis, second baronet (1795–1842), and Clara, daughter of Augustus Eliott Fuller, landowner, of ...

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Porter, David (1746/7–1819), chimney sweep, social reformer, and property developer, was the son of Stephen Porter (1727/8–1766), an itinerant country chimney sweep from Peterborough. His mother was probably Mary Porter, Stephen Porter's wife at the time of his death. According to his Considerations on the Present State of Chimney Sweepers...

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Pulteney [formerly Johnstone], Sir William, fifth baronet (1729–1805), politician and property developer, was born William Johnstone on 19 October 1729 at Westerhall, Dumfriesshire, the third son of Sir James Johnstone MP, third baronet (1697–1772), and the Hon. Barbara Murray (d. 1773)...

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Tovey, Douglas Arnold Robert (1908–1991), property developer, was born on 21 March 1908 in Portishead, Somerset, the son of George Arnold Tovey, ironmonger, and his wife, Lilian Mary, née Nott. He won a scholarship to the choir school at Wells Cathedral, leaving at sixteen to work as a clerk in the ...

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Weld, Humphrey (1612–1685), property developer and administrator, was born on 22 January 1612, the second but first surviving son of Sir John Weld (1582–1622) of Arnold's Court, Edmonton, Middlesex, and his wife, Frances (d. 1656), daughter of William Whitmore (d. 1593)...

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White, James (1877–1927), property developer and speculator, was born on 17 May 1877 at 16A Sun Place, Rochdale, the son of Thomas White, bricklayer, and his wife, Catherine Mullroy. He was educated at St John's Roman Catholic School, Rochdale. At the age of ten he began working half-time in a cotton mill, and at nineteen he allegedly bought a ...