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Wilberforce Bryant (1837–1906) by Augusto Stoppoloni Christie's Images Ltd. (2004)

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Bryant, Wilberforce (1837–1906), match manufacturer, was born in Plymouth on 25 January 1837, the eldest of four sons (there was also a daughter) of William Bryant (1804–1874) and his wife, Elizabeth Carkeet. William Bryant, who had become a Quaker on his marriage, ran a malodorous business making tallow, candles, blacking, sugar, and locomotive lubricants. In 1844 he teamed up with a fellow Quaker, ...

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Day, Charles (1782/3–1836), blacking manufacturer, was born in London, the son of the Yorkshire-born Francis Day, owner of a perfumery and ‘hair warehouse’ in Tavistock Street, Covent Garden. Charles Day was apprenticed as a barber and, about the turn of the century, plied his trade with ...

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Elliott, Ebenezer [called the Corn Law Rhymer] (1781–1849), poet and bar-iron merchant, was born on 17 March 1781 in the new foundry of Masbrough in the parish of Rotherham, Yorkshire, one of eleven children (of whom eight reached maturity) of Ebenezer Elliott (...

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Ebenezer Elliott (1781–1849) by unknown artist, c. 1840 Rotherham Libraries Museums and Arts Service

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Warren Stormes Hale (1791–1872) by John Robert Dicksee, 1853 Guildhall Art Gallery, Corporation of London

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Hale, Warren Stormes (1791–1872), tallow chandler and benefactor, was born on 2 February 1791 at Benington, Hertfordshire, the youngest of eight children of Edward Hale (1754–1791), farmer, and his wife, Edith, née Warren (1750–1808). Before he was a year old his father died, and in 1805 ...

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Warren, Robert (1784/5–1849), blacking manufacturer, was the elder of the two sons of Thomas Warren (1754/5–1805), bootmaker, of St Martin's Lane, London, and his wife, Mary (1757–1834). He was reticent about his origins. William Frederick Deacon's Warreniana (1824), comprising not very skilful parodies of well-known poets' work in praise of ...

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Wostenholm, George (1800–1876), cutlery manufacturer, was born on 31 January 1800 in Sheffield into the fourth generation of a family of cutlers. His father and great-grandfather, both named George Wolstenholme (a name that was shortened to facilitate its inclusion on knives), had built up the business from 1745, and by the early nineteenth century it was based at the ...