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Brookes, John Henry (1891–1975), educational administrator and craftsman, was born in Oliver Street, Kingsley Park, Kingsthorpe, Northampton, on 31 January 1891, the only son of Robert Henry Brookes (b. c.1866) and his wife, Annie Watts, née Dykes (b. c.1869)...


William Sturgeon (1783–1850) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London


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Sturgeon, William (1783–1850), electrician and scientific lecturer, was born on 22 May 1783 at Whittington, Lancashire, near Kirkby Lonsdale, the only son of John Sturgeon, shoemaker, and his wife, Betsy Adcock (d. 1793), the daughter of a small shopkeeper. All accounts of his father, who had migrated from ...