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Bunting, John (1839–1923), sharebroker and cotton spinner, was born on 28 December 1839 at Carrington Field, Stockport, the son of John Bunting (1806–1853), a brick maker, and his wife, Kerenhappuch, née Hill. He grew up in the new railway town of Crewe, attended a private school in the village of ...

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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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Harrison, Sir Cyril Ernest (1901–1980), cotton industrialist, was born on 14 December 1901 at Sileby gas works, near Leicester, the son of Alfred John Harrison, a gas works manager, and his wife, Edith, née Perry. He was educated at Padiham Wesleyan school and ...

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Law, Samuel (fl. 1772–1783), poet and weaver, is of unknown origins. The title-page to his single publication, A domestic winter-piece: a poem, exhibiting a full view of the author's dwelling place in the winter-season. In two parts. Interspersed with a great variety of entertaining reflections...

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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, ...

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John Mercer (1791–1866) by unknown photographer © Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford

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Mercer, John (1791–1866), calico printer and chemist, was born on 21 February 1791 at Dean, in the parish of Great Harwood, near Blackburn, Lancashire, the eldest of three children of Robert Mercer (d. 1800), a hand-loom weaver and farmer, and his wife, ...

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Whitehead, David (1790–1865), cotton manufacturer, was born on 11 December 1790 at Meadowhead in the Forest of Rossendale, Lancashire, the fourth of the eight children of John Whitehead (c.1732–1802), a yeoman, and his second wife, Ann (1760–1849), the daughter of Lionel Blakey...