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Arch, Joseph (1826–1919), trade unionist and politician, was born at Barford, Warwickshire, on 10 November 1826, the son of John Arch (b. c.1793), a shepherd, and Hannah Pace (c.1783–1845). Before her marriage his mother worked as a domestic servant in ...

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Joseph Arch (1826–1919) by Barraud, c. 1890 Getty Images – Barraud

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Aucott, William (1830–1915), trade unionist, was born at Hinckley, Leicestershire, on 20 July 1830, the son of a barber who was a Chartist and a Methodist. He never went to school but he could read by the age of seven and thereafter educated himself 'by reading and asking questions'. He worked at home operating stocking-looms until he was sixteen, when he moved to ...

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Joseph Barker (1806–1875) by John Cochran, pubd 1880 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barker, Joseph (1806–1875), Methodist minister and politico-religious controversialist, was born on 11 May 1806 at Bramley, near Leeds. His ancestors, originally of Keighley, had been settled in this area for several generations as farmers and manufacturers. The identity of his parents has not been discovered, though it is known that his father was employed in woollen manufacture and served for some time in the militia, and that ...

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Bembridge [née Kirkland; other married name Harrison], Sarah (c. 1794–1880), Primitive Methodist travelling preacher, was born at Mercaston, Derbyshire, the daughter of Rowland Kirkland (d. 1813). The family were Wesleyan Methodists of farming stock, and preaching services were held for a number of years in their home. ...

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Bolton, Sir John Brown (1902–1980), politician in the Isle of Man and accountant, was born on 20 January 1902 in Methwold, Norfolk, the eldest of four sons of the Revd Richard Bolton (1867–1951), Primitive Methodist minister, and his wife, Charlotte, née Brown (1865–1962)...

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Bourne, Hugh (1772–1852), founder of the Primitive Methodist church, son of Joseph Bourne, farmer and wheelwright, and his wife, Ellen Steele, was born at Fordhays Farm, in the parish of Stoke-on-Trent on 3 April 1772, and, after some education at nearby Werrington and ...

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Hugh Bourne (1772–1852) by Watson Smith, c.1827 Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum

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Bowes, John (1804–1874), preacher and author, was born on 12 June 1804 in Swineside, Coverham parish, Yorkshire, the son of a farmer. Bowes joined the Wesleyan Methodists in 1817 but, while working for a brewer in Leyburn, he transferred to the Primitive Methodists because of their revivalist successes, becoming a circuit preacher in 1822. He married ...