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Adam, William (1828–1898), carpet manufacturer, was born on 10 June 1828 in Paisley, the eldest of five children and the only son of Peter Adam (c.1798–1861), hand-loom weaver, and his wife, Elisa.

Adam began his career in Paisley, working as a hand-loom cotton weaver and later as a warehouseman. On 16 June 1854 he married ...

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Thomas Avery (1813–1894) by Henry Turner Munns Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery

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Avery, Thomas (1813–1894), scale manufacturer and local politician, was born in 1813, the second son of William Avery (1789–1843), scale maker, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Balden. Thomas and his elder brother, William Henry Avery (1812–1874), were born into a long-established dynasty of ...

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Belling, Charles Reginald (1884–1965), electrical engineer and manufacturer, was born on 11 May 1884 at Fore Street, Bodmin, Cornwall, the son of Samuel Thomas Belling, a dentist, and his wife, Maria, née Harry. Charles Belling, known to all as C. R. B., was educated at ...

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Benham, John Lee (1785–1864), stove manufacturer, was born in Reading, Berkshire, on 3 November 1785, the second son of Avery Benham (b. 1753), whitesmith, and his wife, Ann Lee. In 1791 his father moved to London, where he set up in business as ...

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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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Brinton, Henry (1796–1857), carpet manufacturer, was born in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, on 10 January 1796, the eldest of the three sons of William Brinton (1770–1849) and his wife, Ann Howell, née Goodridge (d. 1823). The Brinton family had been established in the carpet business since 1783. ...

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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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Cobb, John (c. 1715–1778), cabinet-maker and upholsterer, is presumably the person of that name put as apprentice in 1729 to Tim Money, a Norwich upholsterer (Boyd MSS). The Norfolk connection is feasible on account of Cobb's bequeathing in 1778 the interest realized on ...

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Cockshut, John (1837–1912), wallpaper manufacturer, was born on 4 November 1837 at Tong with Haulgh, near Bolton, Lancashire, the eldest son of John Cockshut, plumber and glazier, and his wife, Alice (née Bromiley).

Cockshut is known largely for his contribution to the British wallpaper industry. His involvement began when, aged eight, he went to work for ...

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Crossley, Sir Francis, first baronet (1817–1872), carpet manufacturer and philanthropist, was born at Halifax, Yorkshire, on 26 October 1817, one of the eight children of John Crossley (c. 1772–1837) [see under Crossley, Martha], a carpet manufacturer at the Dean Clough Mills, Halifax...

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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...