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Noah Hingley (1796–1877) by unknown engraver taken from original held at Dudley Archives & Local History Service

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Hingley, Noah (1796–1877), ironmaster and manufacturer of chain cables, was born at Rowley, Staffordshire, on 7 March 1796, the son of Isaac Hingley and his wife, Esther, née Willetts. The surname of Hingley, largely confined to the Black Country, was reputed to be derived from Huguenot antecedents. Following his father's trade, ...

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Kitson, James (1807–1885), ironmaster and locomotive builder, was born in Leeds on 27 October 1807, the eldest of six children of a licensed victualler and his wife. He may be the James Kitson who was baptized in Leeds on 3 January 1808, the son of ...

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Marsh, Richard William, Baron Marsh (1928–2011), politician and businessman, was born on 14 March 1928 at 41 Rolleston Street, Swindon, Wiltshire, the only child of William Marsh, coremaker for the Great Western Railway, and his wife, Elsie, née Ball. He was educated at ...

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Palmer, Sir Charles Mark, first baronet (1822–1907), coal-owner, ironmaster and shipbuilder, was born on 3 November 1822 at King Street, South Shields, the fourth child of seven sons and one daughter of George Palmer (1789–1866), a Tyneside merchant and shipowner, and his wife, ...

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Sir Charles Mark Palmer, first baronet (1822–1907) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1899 © National Portrait Gallery, London