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Abercrombie, Sir (Leslie) Patrick (1879–1957), town planner, was born on 6 June 1879 at Green Bank, Sale, Altrincham, one of a family of nine. His father, William Abercrombie (1838–1908), born in Bradford, was a Manchester stockbroker and businessman, with literary and artistic interests; his mother, ...

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Sir (Leslie) Patrick Abercrombie (1879–1957) by Howard Coster, 1944 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Adams, Thomas (1871–1940), town and country planner, was born on 10 September 1871 at Meadow House Farm, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, the eldest of the four children of James Adams (1841/2–1888), dairyman, and his wife, Margaret, née Johnstone (1847/8–1899), housekeeper. Educated at Daniel Stewart's College...

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Adshead, Stanley Davenport (1868–1946), architect and town planner, was born at Bowden Vale, Bowden, Cheshire, on 8 March 1868. He was the second of eight children and eldest son of Joseph Adshead, an artist, and his wife, Eliza Davies. He was educated at ...

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Baines, Sir George Grenfell- (1908–2003), architect and town planner, was born George Grenfell Baines on 30 April 1908 at 11 Cecilia Street, Preston, the elder son (there were no daughters) of Ernest Charles Baines (1882–1950), railway clerk, and his wife, Sarah Elizabeth, née...

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Lionel Gordon Baliol Brett, fourth Viscount Esher (1913–2004) by Leonard Rosoman, 1978 © Leonard Henry Rosoman; Royal College of Art Collection

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Brett, Lionel Gordon Baliol, fourth Viscount Esher (1913–2004), architect and town planner, was born on 18 July 1913 at Orchard Lea, Winkfield, in Windsor Forest, Berkshire, the eldest of three children and only son of Oliver Sylvain Baliol Brett, from 1930 third Viscount Esher...

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Buchanan, Sir Colin Douglas (1907–2001), town planner, was born on 22 August 1907 in Simla, India, the son of William Ernest Buchanan, civil engineer, and his wife, Laura Kate Buchanan; he came from a long line of Scots civil engineers. Educated at Berkhamsted School...

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Chamberlin, Peter Hugh Girard [Joe] (1919–1978), architect and town planner, was born at the Waldorf Hotel, Aldwych, London, on 31 March 1919, the son of Hugh Noel Girard Chamberlin, an army officer of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and his wife, Eleanor Penelope, ...

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Conyngham, William Burton (1733–1796), politician and improver, was born William Burton in 1733, the second son of Francis Burton (1696–1743), politician and landowner, of Buncraggy, co. Clare, Ireland, and Mary Conyngham (d. 1737), the only surviving daughter of Major-General Henry Conyngham and the sister of ...

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Copcutt, Geoffrey (1928–1997), architect and urban planner, was born on 31 August 1928 at Four Acres, Oughtibridge, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the son of Allison Copcutt (1899–1973), a clerk in the county court, and his wife, (Elsie) Kathleen, née...

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Cullen, (Thomas) Gordon (1914–1994), architect and town planner, was born on 9 August 1914 at Trinity Lodge, Calverley, Yorkshire, the son of Thomas Hetherington Cullen, Wesleyan minister, and his wife, Mary Ann Mofatt. His parents were Scottish. The family lived in Runcorn and ...

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Denby, Elizabeth Marion (1894–1965), urban reformer, was born on 20 May 1894 at 95 Horton Road, Bradford, the second of the four daughters of Walter Denby (d. 1944), a doctor, and his wife, Clara Emma Bassett, a nurse. She was educated privately and at ...

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Edwards, (Arthur) Trystan (1884–1973), architectural critic and town planner, was born on 10 November 1884 at The Court, Merthyr Tudful. His father, William Edwards (1850–1940), was then HM inspector of schools for the Merthyr Tudful district and later chief inspector to the central Welsh school board; his mother was ...

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Forshaw, John Henry (1895–1973), architect and urban planner, was born on 6 September 1895 at Felton's Farm, Dalton, near Skelmersdale, Lancashire, the youngest of the three daughters and two sons of Henry Forshaw (1850–1927), farmer, and his wife, Ellen, née Haselden (b...

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Forster, Sir (Samuel Alexander) Sadler (1900–1973), regional planner, was born on 9 September 1900 at 6 Southfield Road, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, the only son of Frederic John Forster, chartered accountant, of Middlesbrough, and his wife, Annie Elizabeth, née Hoskins. Educated at Middlesbrough high school...

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Geddes, Sir Patrick (1854–1932), social evolutionist and city planner, was born at Ballater, west Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on 2 October 1854, the youngest son of Alexander Geddes (1808–1899), and his wife, Janet Stivenson. His father was a quartermaster in the Black Watch; his mother came from a family of strict Presbyterian covenanters....

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Sir Patrick Geddes (1854–1932) by Lafayette, 1931 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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The founding members of Georgian Group (act. 1937–c.1947) were a gathering of architects and architectural historians, curators, politicians, lawyers, writers, and socialites, who came together to intercede against the destruction of Georgian architecture, especially in English towns and cities, that took place during the interwar years. It was established by the author and diplomat ...

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Gibberd, Sir Frederick Ernest (1908–1984), architect and town planner, was born in Coventry on 7 January 1908, the eldest of five children (all sons) of Frederick Gibberd, who ran a gentleman's outfitters at Earlsdon, Coventry, and his wife, Elsie Annie Clay of Nuneaton...