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Bryan, Sir Arthur (1923–2011), industrialist, was born on 4 March 1923 in a terraced house, 8 West Street, Stoke-on-Trent, the son of William Woodall Bryan (1880–1938), painter and decorator, and his wife, Isabell Allan, née Tweedie (1887–1970), a district nurse. His mother, from ...

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Copeland, William Taylor (1797–1868), pottery manufacturer, was born on 24 March 1797 at Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, the son of William Copeland (1765–1826), partner of the potter Josiah Spode II, and his wife, Mary (d. 1837), née Fowler. He was brought up in the family home in ...

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Sir Henry Doulton (1820–1897) by Vandyk private collection / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Doulton, Sir Henry (1820–1897), pottery manufacturer, was born on 25 July 1820 at Vauxhall Walk, London, the second of the eight children of John Doulton (1793–1873), pottery manufacturer, and his wife, Jane Duneau, a widow from Bridgnorth in Shropshire. His father had become a partner in the ...

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Maling, Christopher Thompson (1824–1901), pottery manufacturer, was probably born in Newcastle upon Tyne, the second son of Robert Maling (1781–1863), pottery manufacturer, and his wife, Eleanor, daughter of William Potts, a Sunderland shipbuilder. The Malings were a family with Huguenot roots. They had secured their wealth by marriage into the ...

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Minton, Herbert (1793–1858), pottery manufacturer, was born on 4 February 1793 in Stoke-on-Trent, the second son of ten children of Thomas Minton (1765–1836), engraver and pottery manufacturer, and Sarah, née Webb (1772–1856). Thomas Minton was born at Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, and on leaving school became an apprentice engraver at the ...

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Potter, Christopher (c. 1751–1817), ceramic manufacturer and contractor, was probably the son of George Potter of Bethnal Green, London. He was the owner in 1777 of the estate of New Barns, near Ely, Cambridgeshire, devoted to the culture of woad. At first his property was cultivated by itinerant woadmen, but afterwards by his own agricultural labourers—in his view, an innovation. He also manufactured orchel dyes at ...

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Twyford, Thomas William (1849–1921), sanitary ware manufacturer, was born at Hanover Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, on 23 September 1849, the eldest son in the family of four sons and one daughter of Thomas Twyford (1827–1872), earthenware manufacturer, and his wife, Sarah, née Jones (...