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Geoffrey Shakespeare

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Bellman, Sir (Charles) Harold (1886–1963), building society manager, was born in Paddington on 16 February 1886, the second son of Charles Henry Bellman, coach builder, and his wife, Ellen Clemens, both of Cornish origin. After attending a higher-grade school in Kilburn until the age of fourteen he entered the ...

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Sir (Charles) Harold Bellman (1886–1963) by Lafayette, 1929 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Byrne [née Lawrence], Nona Georgette (1922–2012), building society founder, was born on 10 September 1922 at The Cottage, Greenford, Middlesex, the youngest child in the family of five daughters and one son of Alexander Graham Lawrence, third Baron Lawrence (1878–1947), and his first wife, ...

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Hill, Sir Enoch (1865–1942), building society manager, was born on 10 September 1865 at Ball Haye Green, Leek, Staffordshire, the eldest of the four sons and three daughters of Henry Hill and his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, both of whom were manual workers in the silk-spinning industry. ...

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Hornby, Richard Phipps [Dick] (1922–2007), politician and building society chairman, was born on 20 June 1922 at the Old House, Upper Rawcliffe Road, St Michael's-on-Wyre, Lancashire, the oldest of the four sons of Hugh Leycester Hornby (1888–1965), vicar of St Michael's-on-Wyre (later rector of ...

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Starr, Richard Benjamin (1813–1892), building society promoter, was born on 2 March 1813, probably in London, of unknown parents. His early life is also obscure, but he gained wide business experience (including bankruptcy in 1870) in a variety of trades: as hatter, bootmaker, auctioneer, coffee-house keeper, coal merchant, omnibus operator, and hotelier. He was married, and he and his wife, ...

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Taylor, Jonas Dearnley (1829–1902), building society manager, was born on 19 January 1829 at Skircoat, Halifax, the son of William Taylor, woollen manufacturer. Apart from his nonconformist upbringing, which had a formative influence upon his life, other aspects of his childhood and youth remain obscure. He attended ...

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Webb, Arthur (1868–1952), building society manager, was born on 8 July 1868 at Battersea, London, the son of Thomas Burgess Webb and his wife, Christine, née Young. Thomas Webb had worked at Price's candle factory, Battersea, and was a founder of the Battersea Co-operative Society...

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Wood, Edward (1846–1930), building society manager, was born on 8 September 1846 at Baddesley Ensor, Warwickshire, the son of Edward Wood, a collier, later a colliery under-manager, and his wife, Eleanor, née Atkins. His father was illiterate in 1846 and could only make his mark when registering his son's birth....

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Wycherley, Sir Robert Bruce (1894–1965), building society manager, was born on 5 April 1894 at Newtown, Montgomeryshire, the son of the Revd Richard Wycherley, a Primitive Methodist minister, and his wife, Mary, née Bruce. He was educated in schools at Oakengates, Shropshire, and ...