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Anderson, Sir James Caleb, first baronet (1792–1861), promoter of steam coaches, was born on 21 July 1792, the eldest son of the two sons and a daughter of John Anderson (1747–1820) and his second wife, Elizabeth (d. 1830), only daughter of James Semple...

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Bamford, Joseph Cyril (1916–2001), engineer and businessman, was born on 21 June 1916 at The Parks, New Road, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, the son of Cyril Joseph Bamford, agricultural engineer, and his wife, Dolores Alice, née Turner. His family controlled and managed a long-established farm machinery business. The company, which manufactured balers and other equipment, had been started by his great-great-grandfather in 1812. He was brought up a Roman Catholic. After education at ...

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Joseph Cyril Bamford (1916–2001) by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies, 1989 © Lucinda Douglas-Menzies; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bentley, Walter Owen (1888–1971), designer and racer of motor cars, was born on 16 September 1888 at 78 Avenue Road, Hampstead, London, the youngest in the family of six sons and three daughters of Alfred Bentley, retired businessman of London, and his wife, ...

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Walter Owen Bentley (1888–1971) by unknown photographer, 1969 © reserved; collection Science & Society Picture Library; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blackmore, Frank Cuendet (1916–2008), road traffic engineer, was born on 16 February 1916 at La Maison Lugon, rue Michelet, Fort National (later Larbaa Nath Irathen), Algeria, the third of four children of a British father, Josiah Thomas Cullum Blackmore (1880–1961), a Plymouth Brethren...

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Bond, Lawrence (1907–1974), engineer and motor vehicle designer, was born at 5 Penwortham Hill, Penwortham, Preston, Lancashire, on 2 August 1907, the son of Frederick Charles Bond (1873–1963), a clothing maker who became a well-known local historian and artist, and his wife, Margaret Ellen, ...

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Chapman, (Anthony) Colin Bruce (1928–1982), racing car designer and motor manufacturer, was born at Richmond, Surrey, on 19 May 1928, the only son of Stanley Frank Kennedy-Chapman, licensed caterer, of Muswell Hill, and his wife, (Lillian) Mary Bruce. Having been educated at the ...

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(Anthony) Colin Bruce Chapman (1928–1982) by Godfrey Argent, 1969 © Godfrey Argent Studios; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Coatalen, Louis Hervé (1879–1962), designer of cars and aero-engines, was born on 11 September 1879 at Concarneau, Finistère, the second son of a hotelier and wheelwright, François Marie Coatalen, and his wife, Louise Le Bris. From grammar school at Brest, he went to the ...