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Aickman, Robert Fordyce (1914–1981), writer and campaigner for inland waterways, was born on 27 June 1914 at 77 Fellows Road, Hampstead, London, the only child of William Arthur Aickman (d. 1941), an architect, and his wife, Mabel Violet (c.1890–1943), daughter of ...

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Robert Fordyce Aickman (1914–1981) by Ida Kar, late 1950s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Egerton, Francis, third duke of Bridgewater (1736–1803), canal promoter and colliery owner, was born on 21 May 1736 and baptized the following month at St James's, Piccadilly, London. He was the youngest of eleven children of Scroop Egerton, first duke of Bridgewater (1681–1745)...

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Francis Egerton, third duke of Bridgewater (1736–1803) by Peter Rouw, 1803 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Griffith, Richard (1752–1820), politician and canal promoter, was born on 10 June 1752 at Abbey Street, Dublin, one of the two children of Richard Griffith (d. 1788), novelist and playwright, and his wife, Elizabeth Griffith (1727–1793), a more successful novelist and playwright and the daughter of ...

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Hustler, John (1715–1790), wool stapler and canal promoter, was born on 5 October 1715 at the family farm, Apple Tree Farm, Low Fold, Bolton, near Bradford, Yorkshire, the eldest son of William Hustler of Steeton (d. 11 May 1759), wool stapler and merchant, and his wife, ...

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Phillips, John (fl. 1778–c. 1817), writer on inland navigation, was a native of Essex, of whom little is known other than statements he made about himself in his own publications. He married and apparently had a son called John, for in 1803 he was described as ...

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Pickford, Matthew (1741–1799), waggoner and canal carrier, was born at Poynton, Cheshire, on 5 July 1741, the eldest of six children of James Pickford (1709–1768) and his wife, Martha (1711–1772). The Pickfords were a Cheshire family. Hailing originally from Adlington, James moved, in 1747, to occupy lands leased from ...

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Smith, George Samuel Fereday (1812–1891), industrialist and canal manager, was born on 7 May 1812, at Tipton, Staffordshire, the elder son of the ironmaster Richard Smith (d. 1868), and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Fereday, the most prominent ironmaster of the region. ...

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Weston, Sir Richard (1591–1652), canal builder and agriculturist, was the eldest son of Sir Richard Weston (1564–1613), of Sutton, Surrey, and great-grandson of Sir Francis Weston. His family was quite distinct from those of the first earl of Portland and of Sir Richard Weston...