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Geoffrey Shakespeare

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Bellman, Sir (Charles) Harold (1886–1963), building society manager, was born in Paddington on 16 February 1886, the second son of Charles Henry Bellman, coach builder, and his wife, Ellen Clemens, both of Cornish origin. After attending a higher-grade school in Kilburn until the age of fourteen he entered the ...

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Sir (Charles) Harold Bellman (1886–1963) by Lafayette, 1929 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Chewton Atchley

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Colton, Sir John (1823–1902), businessman and politician in Australia, one of the five sons of William Colton (1795–1858), a Devon farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth, was born at Harbertonford, Devon, on 23 September 1823. When he was sixteen his family obtained free passage to ...

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Cookman, George (bap. 1774, d. 1856), businessman, lay preacher, and radical politician, was baptized on 20 January 1774 in the church of St Peter in the village of Owthorne, on the east Yorkshire coast, the son of Grimston Cookman, yeoman, and his wife, ...

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Hubert Kinsman Cudlipp, Baron Cudlipp (1913–1998) by Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1961 © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cudlipp, Hubert Kinsman [Hugh], Baron Cudlipp (1913–1998), journalist and publishing executive, was born at 118 Lisvane Street, Cardiff, on 28 August 1913, the youngest son in the family of three sons and one daughter of William Christopher Cudlipp, commercial traveller for a provision merchant, and his wife, ...

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Thomas Robinson Ferens (1847–1930) by Frank Dicksee, 1913 Hull Museums, Guildhall

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Ferens, Thomas Robinson (1847–1930), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 4 May 1847 at East Thickley, near Bishop Auckland, the third of the seven children of George Waller Ferens (1817–1893), flour miller, of New Shildon, co. Durham, and his wife, Anne, née Jackson...

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Gee, Henry Simpson (1842–1924), shoe manufacturer and businessman, was born on 6 April 1842 at Lowerhead Row, Leeds, the eldest son of George Walker Gee, linen draper, and his wife, Ellen, née Simpson. He was educated privately at Grange School, Thorp Arch, near ...

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Holden, Sir Edward Hopkinson, first baronet (1848–1919), banker, was born on 11 May 1848 at the Bull's Head, Tottington, Lancashire, the elder son of Henry Holden (1823–1876), calico bleacher, and later beer seller, and his wife, Ann, née Hopkinson (1826–1891). He was educated locally at the Wesleyan elementary school in ...

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Holden, Sir Isaac, first baronet (1807–1897), inventor of a wool-combing machine, entrepreneur, and politician, was born on 7 May 1807 at Hurlet, near Paisley, the seventh child of Isaac Holden (d. 1826) and his wife, Alice, née Forrest. His father, a native of ...

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Mitchell, Joseph Harger (1859–1936), banker, was born on 21 January 1859 at Cross Hill, Greetland, near Halifax, Yorkshire, the youngest child of George Mitchell (1818–1886), grocer and joiner, and his wife, Mary Harger, née Holroyd. Both his paternal and his maternal ancestors hailed from ...

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Pedler, Sir Frederick Johnson (1908–1991), colonial official and businessman, was born on 10 July 1908 at 27 Park Avenue South, Hornsey, London, the only child of Charles Henry Pedler (1865–1935), wholesale tea merchant, and his wife, Lucy Marian (May; 1878–1952), daughter of the ...

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Russell, Thomas (1830–1904), financier and land speculator, was born in Cork, the first of six children of Thomas Russell (1808–1873), carpenter, and Mary Roberts (1811–1847), ward of a Church of Ireland rector. The Russells left Ireland with the infant Thomas in 1833. After seven years in ...

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Josiah Charles Stamp, first Baron Stamp (1880–1941) by Lafayette, 1930 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stamp, Josiah Charles, first Baron Stamp (1880–1941), statistician and business administrator, was born at Kilburn, London, on 21 June 1880. Of the seven children of his father, Charles Stamp (1852–1935), he was the third but eldest son to survive infancy; (Laurence) Dudley Stamp...

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Sir (Edward) Raymond Streat (1897–1979) by Elliott & Fry, 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Streat, Sir (Edward) Raymond (1897–1979), cotton trade administrator, was born on 7 February 1897 at 2 Brunswick Terrace, Prestwich, Lancashire, the fifth of the six children of Edward Streat (1856–1918), a commercial traveller, and his first wife, Helen (Nellie) Wallis (1859–1908). His father, who was born in ...

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Wood, Edward (1846–1930), building society manager, was born on 8 September 1846 at Baddesley Ensor, Warwickshire, the son of Edward Wood, a collier, later a colliery under-manager, and his wife, Eleanor, née Atkins. His father was illiterate in 1846 and could only make his mark when registering his son's birth....