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Hall, Robert (1754–1827), cotton manufacturer and bleacher, was born on 25 February 1754, in Nottingham, the third son of Robert Hall (1706–1781), mercer, bleacher, and thread merchant. His father being already a prosperous merchant and manufacturer, young Robert enjoyed a liberal education. The principal influence on his life was the Wesleyan Methodism that he espoused from the age of seventeen, which encouraged a love of order and punctuality in all his affairs. ...

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Mason, Hugh (1817–1886), mill owner and philanthropist, was born at Stalybridge on 30 January 1817, the third and youngest son of Thomas Mason (1782–1868) and his wife, Mary Woolley (née Holden). His father was a joiner, his mother kept a smallware shop, where she sold tapes and gingerbread. During the boom of 1822–5, ...