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Bewley, Joshua (1819–1900), tea and coffee merchant, was born on 19 January 1819, the youngest child in the family of thirteen children of Samuel Bewley (1764–1837), silk merchant, of Rockville, co. Dublin, and his wife, Elizabeth (1771–1848), daughter of Nehemiah Fayle of Limerick...

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Arthur Brooke (1845–1918) by unknown photographer reproduced with kind permission of Unilever Bestfoods from an original in Unilever Corporate Archives

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Brooke, Arthur (1845–1918), tea merchant, was born in George Street, Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, on 30 October 1845 to Charles Brooke, tea dealer, and his wife, Jane, née Howard. After an early career in textiles was terminated in 1864 by the ‘Cotton Famine’, he trained in the wholesale tea firm ...

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Fyffe, Edward Wathen (1853–1935), tea and fruit importer, was born on 31 December 1853 in Woodchester, Gloucestershire, the younger son of Ebenezer Wathen Fyffe and his wife, Martha, née Dunn. His father was head of a long established tea trading business in London...

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Gye, Frederick, the elder (1781–1869), tea dealer and proprietor of Vauxhall Gardens, was by 1806 a printer in partnership with G. Balne at 7 Union Court, Broad Street, in the City of London, where, having secured the contract for printing state lottery tickets, he made a profitable living. ...

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Charles Digby Harrod (1841–1905) by unknown photographer Company Archive, Harrods Limited, London

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Harrod, Charles Digby (1841–1905), grocer and tea dealer, was born on 25 January 1841 at 4 Cable Street, Whitechapel, second child and eldest son of Charles Henry Harrod (1799–1885), grocer and tea dealer, and his wife, Elizabeth Digby (1810–1860). He left school at sixteen, was apprenticed to a ...

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Charles Henry Harrod (1799–1885) by unknown photographer Company Archive, Harrods Limited, London

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Harrod, Charles Henry (1799–1885), tea dealer and grocer, was born on 16 April 1799, at Lexden, Essex, the son of William Harrod and his wife, Thamar, but little else is known about his early life. However, as he became a grocer and tea merchant, it can be presumed he had at least a rudimentary education....

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Horniman, Frederick John (1835–1906), tea merchant and founder of the Horniman Museum, London, was born on 8 October 1835 at Bridgwater, Somerset, the fourth of six children of John Horniman (1803–1893) and his wife, Ann, daughter of Thomas Smith of Witney. The first two children and the last died in infancy; young ...

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Moffatt, George (1806–1878), tea broker and politician, was born on 11 May 1806, sixth of the seven children of William Moffatt (1767–1815), tea agent and broker at 4 Fenchurch Buildings, London, and his wife, Alice (d. 1847×9). He entered the family tea business, known as ...

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Moir, James (1806–1880), tea merchant, Chartist, and local politician, was born in Stenhousemuir, Stirlingshire, on 18 May 1806, the son of Benjamin Moir, an ironfounder, and Janet Burgess. Nothing is known of his schooling, but he went to work with James Wallace, a tea merchant in the ...

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Muir family (per. 1849–1992), textile, tea, and general merchants, was brought to prominence by Sir John Muir first baronet (1828–1903), who was born on 8 December 1828 at Hutchesontown, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, the son of James Muir (c.1795–1864), a cotton trader, and his wife, ...

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Smith, Samuel (1872–1949), tea dealer, was born on 22 June 1872 at 62 Lady Pitt Lane, Hunslet, Leeds, the son of William Smith, willeyer and fettler, and his wife, Harriet, née Powell. He contributed to the family income from the age of nine by working as a butcher's boy on Friday evenings and Saturdays, and then, at the age of ten, as a half-timer was employed as an errand boy for a local tea merchants. After leaving school he remained in the trade, becoming a traveller ‘on the road’ for ...

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Stewart, William Clouston (1832–1872), tea merchant and writer on fishing, was born on 3 June 1832 at Smith's Place, Leith, Edinburgh, the third of four children of William Stewart (1798–1873), a tea merchant originally from Orkney, and his first wife, Jean (1795–1841), daughter of the ...