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Blackner, John (1770?–1816), radical and county historian, was born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. He served an apprenticeship to a stocking maker in his native town, and there married Sarah, née Brown, sister of a 'respectable' farmer in Kirk Hallam, Derbyshire, with whom he had four sons and three daughters. Illiterate at the time of his marriage, he taught himself to read and write soon after moving to ...


Place, Francis (1771–1854), radical and chronicler, was born on 3 November 1771, the illegitimate son of Simon Place and Mary Gray.

Simon Place was by trade a baker who had become the keeper of a 'sponging house', or debtors' prison, in ...


Francis Place (1771–1854) by Samuel Drummond, exh. RA 1833 © National Portrait Gallery, London