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Barrow, Florence Mary (1876–1964), relief worker and promoter of improved housing, was born on 27 January 1876 in Birmingham, the only daughter of Richard Cadbury Barrow (1827–1894), Quaker businessman and mayor of Birmingham (1888–9), and his wife, Jane (b. 1831), daughter of the Quakers ...

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Florence Mary Barrow (1876–1964) by unknown photographer, c. 1914 © reserved

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Borders [née Kreher], Elsie Florence Eva [Elsy] (1905–1971), housing activist, was born on 14 January 1905 at 19 St Stephen's Terrace, Lambeth, the second daughter and middle child of John Engelbert Kreher (1871/2–1929), a waiter of German extraction, and his wife, Edith Eliza Morley (1873–1953)...

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Heaton, John Deakin (1817–1880), physician and advocate of provincial civic pride, was born at 7 Briggate, Leeds, Yorkshire, on 23 November 1817, the younger of the two children of John Heaton (1769–1852), bookseller and stationer, and his second wife, Ann (1774–1841), daughter of ...

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Heming, Edmund (fl. 1680–1699), street-lighting entrepreneur, who was living near the Steelyard in Thames Street, London, first came to notice in 1680 with a proposal that the government should raise £8 million by levying a tax of 2d. per week on householders' beds, claiming that this would not imperil the livelihood of any tradesmen. His proposal met with understandable derision....

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Hill, Octavia (1838–1912), housing and social reformer, was born on 3 December 1838 at 8 South Brink, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, the eighth daughter (and ninth child) of James Hill (c.1800–1871), corn merchant and Owenite social utopian. Her mother was James Hill's third wife, ...

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Octavia Hill (1838–1912) by John Singer Sargent, 1898 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Horsfall, Thomas Coglan (1841–1932), philanthropist, was born in Manchester on 23 May 1841, the only son among the four children of William Horsfall (1806–1871), a Manchester cotton mill owner and latterly vice-chairman of the Manchester and County Bank, and his wife, Maria, née...