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Baines, Thomas (1806–1881), journalist, newspaper proprietor, and local historian, was born in Leeds, the third son of Edward Baines (1774–1848) and Charlotte Talbot, and younger brother of Matthew Talbot Baines and Sir Edward Baines. Both his father and brother represented Leeds in parliament...

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Thomas Baines (1806–1881) by unknown engraver, pubd 1868 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Butterworth, James [pseud. Paul Bobbin] (1771–1837), poet and local historian, was born on 28 August 1771 at Pitses in the hamlet of Alt, Ashton under Lyne, the youngest of eleven children of James Butterworth and his wife, Jane, née Ogden, both hand-loom weavers. ...

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Cremer, Robert Wyndham Ketton- (1906–1969), biographer and county historian, was the elder son of a Norfolk squire, Wyndham Ketton-Cremer (1870–1933) of Beeston, and his wife, Emily (1882–1952), daughter of Robert Bayly, timber merchant. Born on 2 May 1906, at his mother's family home in ...

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Jordan, John (1746–1809), local historian and poet, eldest son of John Jordan (1718–1775), wheelwright, and Elizabeth Lock (1716–1777), was born at Tiddington, in Alveston, near Stratford upon Avon, on 9 October 1746. He was educated at the village school until 1756, but then was put to learn his father's trade. In 1759 his father moved the family to ...

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Lenihan, Maurice (1811–1895), journalist and local historian, was born on 8 February 1811 at Waterford, son of James Lenihan, a woollens merchant. He was one of a family of fifteen. His mother came from Carrick-on-Suir. He first attended a dame-school and went on to ...

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Manning, Owen (1721–1801), county historian and Old English scholar, was the younger son of Joseph Manning (1688?–1773?) and Mary Manning of Orlingbury, Northamptonshire. He is said to have been born at Orlingbury on 11 August 1721 and was baptized there on 5 September. He was educated at ...

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Thompson, James (1817–1877), county historian and newspaper editor, was born on 6 December 1817 at Leicester, the son of Thomas Thompson (1788–1871), proprietor and editor of the Leicester Chronicle from 1813, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Garton. He was educated first at W. H. Creaton's Classical and Commercial Academy...