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Blomefield, Francis (1705–1752), topographical historian and Church of England clergyman, was born on 23 July 1705 at Fersfield, Norfolk, the eldest son of Henry Blomefield (1680–1732) and his wife, Alice Batch (d. 1730), daughter of Henry Batch of Lynn. He came from a family of yeomen farmers and was the first member to receive a university education. He began attending classes run by the rector of ...

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Harley, (John) Brian (1932–1991), geographer and map historian, was born on 24 July 1932 in Ashley, Bristol, and spent some of his infant years in Oxford. On 15 March 1935 he was adopted by John Jack Harley (b. 1883), farmer, and his wife, ...

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Hoskins, William George (1908–1992), historian of the English landscape, was born on 22 May 1908 in Exeter, the eldest of four sons of William George Hoskins (1873–1955), baker, and his wife, Alice Beatrice (1879–1966), daughter of John Dymond of Silverton, Devon. He was born at his grandparents' house, ...

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Woodward, David Alfred (1942–2004), historian of cartography, was born on 29 August 1942 at 51 Lillington Road, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, the third child of Max Wakerley Woodward, Royal Navy chaplain, and his wife, Kathleen May, née Beaty. After returning from war service as a chaplain his father ministered in various ...