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Barratt, Thomas James (1841–1914), soap manufacturer and pioneer of advertising, was born on 16 May 1841 at 25 Tottenham Place, St Pancras, London, the son of Thomas Barratt, a piano maker, and his wife, Emma Price. He was educated at a private day school, and at fifteen was apprenticed to a firm of ...

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Bibby, Joseph (1851–1940), animal feed and soap manufacturer, was born on 12 January 1851 at Conder Mill, Vale of Conder, Lancashire, the second of the three sons of James Bibby, farmer and miller, and his wife, Amelia Barnett. He attended an elementary school until 1861 and the ...

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Colman family (per. 1814–1898), mustard and starch manufacturers, traced its origins in that trade to Jeremiah Colman (1777–1851), originally a flour miller at Bawburgh, who in 1814 purchased the flour and mustard making concern of Edward Ames at Stoke Holy Cross...

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Jeremiah James Colman 1830–1898 by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, 1899 [replica; original, 1890] Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

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Doubleday, Henry (1810–1902), starch manufacturer and horticulturist, was born on 24 October 1810 at Coggeshall, Essex, the fourth of eight children of William Doubleday (1777–1854) and his wife, Hannah Corder (1779–1819). His parents, staunch Quakers, were shopkeepers. A number of their ancestors had sailed with ...

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Lambe, Thomas (fl. 1629–1661), Baptist preacher and soapboiler, must be distinguished from another Thomas Lamb, a merchant and also for a time a prominent Baptist. Lambe the soapboiler is probably first encountered at Colchester, Essex, where on 23 March 1619 he married Dorcas Prentice...

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Lever, William Hesketh, first Viscount Leverhulme (1851–1925), soap manufacturer and philanthropist, was born on 19 September 1851, at 16 Wood Street, Bolton, seventh child and elder son of James Lever (1809–1897), wholesale and retail grocer, and his wife, Eliza, daughter of William Hesketh...

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Pears, Andrew (1846–1909), soapmaker and perfumer, was born on 21 January 1846 at 55 Wells Street, near Oxford Street, London, one of several children of Francis Pears, soapmaker, and his wife, Mary Williams. He was the great-grandson of Andrew Pears (1766/7–1845)...