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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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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...