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Abercrombie, Sir (Leslie) Patrick (1879–1957), town planner, was born on 6 June 1879 at Green Bank, Sale, Altrincham, one of a family of nine. His father, William Abercrombie (1838–1908), born in Bradford, was a Manchester stockbroker and businessman, with literary and artistic interests; his mother, ...

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Sir (Leslie) Patrick Abercrombie (1879–1957) by Howard Coster, 1944 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Adams, Thomas (1871–1940), town and country planner, was born on 10 September 1871 at Meadow House Farm, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, the eldest of the four children of James Adams (1841/2–1888), dairyman, and his wife, Margaret, née Johnstone (1847/8–1899), housekeeper. Educated at Daniel Stewart's College...

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Adshead, Stanley Davenport (1868–1946), architect and town planner, was born at Bowden Vale, Bowden, Cheshire, on 8 March 1868. He was the second of eight children and eldest son of Joseph Adshead, an artist, and his wife, Eliza Davies. He was educated at ...

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Baines, Sir George Grenfell- (1908–2003), architect and town planner, was born George Grenfell Baines on 30 April 1908 at 11 Cecilia Street, Preston, the elder son (there were no daughters) of Ernest Charles Baines (1882–1950), railway clerk, and his wife, Sarah Elizabeth, née...

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Brett, Lionel Gordon Baliol, fourth Viscount Esher (1913–2004), architect and town planner, was born on 18 July 1913 at Orchard Lea, Winkfield, in Windsor Forest, Berkshire, the eldest of three children and only son of Oliver Sylvain Baliol Brett, from 1930 third Viscount Esher...

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Lionel Gordon Baliol Brett, fourth Viscount Esher (1913–2004) by Leonard Rosoman, 1978 © Leonard Henry Rosoman; Royal College of Art Collection

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Buchanan, Sir Colin Douglas (1907–2001), town planner, was born on 22 August 1907 in Simla, India, the son of William Ernest Buchanan, civil engineer, and his wife, Laura Kate Buchanan; he came from a long line of Scots civil engineers. Educated at Berkhamsted School...

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Chamberlin, Peter Hugh Girard [Joe] (1919–1978), architect and town planner, was born at the Waldorf Hotel, Aldwych, London, on 31 March 1919, the son of Hugh Noel Girard Chamberlin, an army officer of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and his wife, Eleanor Penelope, ...

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Conyngham, William Burton (1733–1796), politician and improver, was born William Burton in 1733, the second son of Francis Burton (1696–1743), politician and landowner, of Buncraggy, co. Clare, Ireland, and Mary Conyngham (d. 1737), the only surviving daughter of Major-General Henry Conyngham and the sister of ...