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Andrews, William (1835–1914), industrial designer, entrepreneur, and politician, was born in Coventry on 17 March 1835, the only son of three children of James and Isabella Andrews. His father was a Scot, a former regular soldier, and small businessman of Coventry. Andrews attended ...

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Berisford, Charles (1830–1898), silk manufacturer, was born at Buglawton, Cheshire, the seventh of eleven children and fourth son of Isaac Berisford (1794–1854), toll-keeper turned farmer, and his wife, Alice, née Bonsall (1798–1860), formerly of Monyash. Charles started work when he was nine, presumably in textiles like his brothers. He was so small he had to stand on a stool to work. Later he was formally apprenticed, possibly to ...

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Carter, John (1815–1850), silk weaver and draughtsman, was born in Coggeshall, Essex, on 31 July 1815, the son of a labourer. After attending the local school he went to a charity school for two years, from 1828. Although he showed signs of artistic talent, his social circumstances prevented him from developing his gifts. He was subsequently apprenticed to ...

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Cotchett, Thomas (bap. 1677, d. in or after 1713), silk-throwing mill owner, was baptized at Mickleover on 16 April 1677, one of six children of Thomas Cotchett (bap. 1640, d. 1713/14), a barrister at Gray's Inn, and his first wife, Hannah Biddle (...

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Courtauld, Samuel (1793–1881), silk manufacturer, was born in Albany, New York, USA, on 1 June 1793, the eldest son of George Courtauld (1761–1823) and Ruth, daughter of Stephen Minton of Cork. The Courtaulds had come to England as Huguenot refugees at the end of the seventeenth century where for three generations they worked and prospered as silversmiths in ...

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Deloney, Thomas (d. in or before 1600), silkweaver and writer, is thought to have been born in Norwich; his surname is of French origin, and Flemish and French protestant refugees had been settling in Norfolk in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, working in the cloth trades. In addition, the first known ballad by ...

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Dyke [née Bond], (Millicent) Zoë, Lady Dyke (1896–1975), pioneer of British sericulture, was born on 6 February 1896 at 9 Manor Road, Leyton, Essex, the daughter of Barnabas Mayston Bond, medical practitioner, and his wife, Eliza Josephine Luxon. She was the youngest of four children. The family moved to ...

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