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Adam, William (1828–1898), carpet manufacturer, was born on 10 June 1828 in Paisley, the eldest of five children and the only son of Peter Adam (c.1798–1861), hand-loom weaver, and his wife, Elisa.

Adam began his career in Paisley, working as a hand-loom cotton weaver and later as a warehouseman. On 16 June 1854 he married ...

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Avery, Thomas (1813–1894), scale manufacturer and local politician, was born in 1813, the second son of William Avery (1789–1843), scale maker, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Balden. Thomas and his elder brother, William Henry Avery (1812–1874), were born into a long-established dynasty of ...

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Thomas Avery (1813–1894) by Henry Turner Munns Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery

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Belling, Charles Reginald (1884–1965), electrical engineer and manufacturer, was born on 11 May 1884 at Fore Street, Bodmin, Cornwall, the son of Samuel Thomas Belling, a dentist, and his wife, Maria, née Harry. Charles Belling, known to all as C. R. B., was educated at ...

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Benham, John Lee (1785–1864), stove manufacturer, was born in Reading, Berkshire, on 3 November 1785, the second son of Avery Benham (b. 1753), whitesmith, and his wife, Ann Lee. In 1791 his father moved to London, where he set up in business as ...

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Boulsover, Thomas (1705–1788), cutler, was born in Ecclesfield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, and baptized in the parish church on 18 October 1705, the fifth of the nine children of Samuel Bolsover (1670–1721), farmer and cutler, and Margaret (1673–1716), daughter of George...

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Brinton, Henry (1796–1857), carpet manufacturer, was born in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, on 10 January 1796, the eldest of the three sons of William Brinton (1770–1849) and his wife, Ann Howell, née Goodridge (d. 1823). The Brinton family had been established in the carpet business since 1783. ...