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Boulsover, Thomas (1705–1788), cutler, was born in Ecclesfield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, and baptized in the parish church on 18 October 1705, the fifth of the nine children of Samuel Bolsover (1670–1721), farmer and cutler, and Margaret (1673–1716), daughter of George...

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Wilberforce Bryant (1837–1906) by Augusto Stoppoloni Christie's Images Ltd. (2004)

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Bryant, Wilberforce (1837–1906), match manufacturer, was born in Plymouth on 25 January 1837, the eldest of four sons (there was also a daughter) of William Bryant (1804–1874) and his wife, Elizabeth Carkeet. William Bryant, who had become a Quaker on his marriage, ran a malodorous business making tallow, candles, blacking, sugar, and locomotive lubricants. In 1844 he teamed up with a fellow Quaker, ...

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Cleeve, Bourchier (1715–1760), pewterer and writer on finance, was the tenth son of Alexander Cleeve (d. 1738), pewterer, of Cornhill, and his second wife, Anne, daughter of John Bourchier. He married Mary Haydon about 1740; she died on 28 December 1760.

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Day, Charles (1782/3–1836), blacking manufacturer, was born in London, the son of the Yorkshire-born Francis Day, owner of a perfumery and ‘hair warehouse’ in Tavistock Street, Covent Garden. Charles Day was apprenticed as a barber and, about the turn of the century, plied his trade with ...

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Dunhill, Alfred (1872–1959), manufacturer of pipes and tobacco, was born on 30 September 1872 at 2 Church Path, Hornsey, Middlesex, the second son of five children of Henry Dunhill (1842–1901), a master blind-maker, and his wife and cousin, Jane, née Styles (1843–1922). Henry Dunhill...

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Edwards, Edward (1803–1879), manufacturer of aquariums, was born on 23 November 1803 at Corwen, Merioneth, where he received his education. He became a draper at Bangor, Caernarvonshire, which business he carried on until 1839. In the following year he established a foundry and ironworks at ...

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Elliott, Ebenezer [called the Corn Law Rhymer] (1781–1849), poet and bar-iron merchant, was born on 17 March 1781 in the new foundry of Masbrough in the parish of Rotherham, Yorkshire, one of eleven children (of whom eight reached maturity) of Ebenezer Elliott (...

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Ebenezer Elliott (1781–1849) by unknown artist, c. 1840 Rotherham Libraries Museums and Arts Service

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Gillott, Joseph (1799–1872), steel pen maker and art patron, the son of a workman in the cutlery trade, was born at Sheffield on 11 October 1799. He became a working cutler, acquiring a reputation as a 'noted hand' at forging and grinding knife blades. About 1821, in need of work, he moved to ...

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Warren Stormes Hale (1791–1872) by John Robert Dicksee, 1853 Guildhall Art Gallery, Corporation of London

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Hale, Warren Stormes (1791–1872), tallow chandler and benefactor, was born on 2 February 1791 at Benington, Hertfordshire, the youngest of eight children of Edward Hale (1754–1791), farmer, and his wife, Edith, née Warren (1750–1808). Before he was a year old his father died, and in 1805 ...

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Kenrick family (per. c. 1785–1926), hardware manufacturers, came to prominence with Archibald [i] Kenrick (1760–1835). Born in 1760 at Wynn Hall, Ruabon, Denbighshire, Archibald was the third eldest son among the seven children of John Kenrick (1725–1803), a small landowner, and his wife, ...

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Kenrick, William Edmund (1908–1981), hardware manufacturer, was born at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on 21 September 1908, the second child and eldest son of Wilfrid Byng Kenrick (1872–1962) and his wife, Norah Beale. William was the fifth generation of the Kenrick family to head the cast-iron hollowware and hardware firm of ...

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Mason, Sir Josiah (1795–1881), pen-nib manufacturer and philanthropist, was born on 23 February 1795 at Mill Street, Kidderminster, the second son of Josiah Mason, carpet weaver, and his wife Elizabeth Griffiths. At the age of eight he commenced selling cakes in the streets, and afterwards fruit and vegetables, which he carried from door to door on a donkey. He taught himself shoemaking in 1810, and was afterwards a carpenter, a blacksmith, and a house-painter. In 1814 he became a carpet weaver, and from 1817 to 1822 he acted as manager of the imitation-gold jewellery works of his uncle, ...