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Askham, John (1825–1894), shoemaker and poet, was born on 20 or 25 July 1825, in a cottage off Market Street, adjoining White Horse Yard, in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, the youngest among the seven children of John Askham, a shoemaker from Raunds, and his wife, who was originally from ...

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Barratt, (Arthur) William (1877–1939), shoe manufacturer and retailer, was born on 8 October 1877 in Ethel Street, Northampton, the fourth of seven sons of John Barratt, a shoemaker, and Eleanor, née Yeomans. William Barratt, as he was always known, came from a working-class background, and after attending the local elementary school he worked as a shop assistant selling shoes in ...

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Timothy Bennett (1676/77–1756) by James Macardell, 1752 (after G. Budd) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bennett, Timothy (1676/7–1756), cordwainer and public access campaigner, is of obscure origins; details of his birth, family, and upbringing are unknown. On 19 July 1716, at All Hallows, London Wall, he married Katherine Magitt (1673/4–1749), of Kingston upon Thames, Surrey; the parish register—which also gives his wife's name as ...

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Brasher, Christopher William [Chris] (1928–2003), athlete, journalist, and businessman, was born on 21 August 1928 in Georgetown, British Guiana, the son of William Kenneth Brasher, a Colonial Office engineer, and his wife, Katie Howe Brasher. His family moved to Jerusalem and then, when ...

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Christopher William Brasher (1928–2003) by unknown photographer, 1956 © Popperfoto

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Buxton, Richard (1786–1865), botanist and shoemaker, was born on 15 January 1786 at Sedgley Hall Farm, Prestwich, Lancashire, the second son of the seven children of John Buxton and his wife, Ann (née Houghton). His parents, originally from Derbyshire, hit hard times before he turned two, forcing his father to become a labourer in ...

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Clark, William Stephens (1839–1925), shoe manufacturer and retailer, was born on 22 February 1839 at Street in Somerset, the third of fourteen children of James C. Clark (1811–1906), rug and shoe manufacturer of Street, and Eleanor, née Stephens (1812–1879), of Bridport. He was educated at ...

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William Stephens Clark (1839–1925) by William Strang, 1912 Clarks International