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Belling, Charles Reginald (1884–1965), electrical engineer and manufacturer, was born on 11 May 1884 at Fore Street, Bodmin, Cornwall, the son of Samuel Thomas Belling, a dentist, and his wife, Maria, née Harry. Charles Belling, known to all as C. R. B., was educated at ...

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Shanks, Alexander (1801–1845), engineer and lawnmower manufacturer, was born at Milnetown of Bridgetown, Forfarshire, on 3 September 1801, the son of Alexander Shanks, a wright, and his wife, Elizabeth Ferguson. Very little is known about his early life, with the exception that he had extensive family connections in the flax industry. In 1825 he established his own spinning and machine making firm in ...

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