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Ashton, Thomas (1818–1898), cotton manufacturer and philanthropist, was born on 8 December 1818 at Flowery Fields House, Hyde, Cheshire, sixth child to Thomas Ashton (1775–1845) of Flowery Fields and his wife, Harriet, née Booth. He was educated first at a Liverpool academy and then at the ...

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Fielden, Joshua (1827–1887), cotton manufacturer and politician, was born on 8 March 1827 at Dawson Weir, Todmorden, Lancashire, the sixth of the seven surviving children of John Fielden (1784–1849) and his first wife, Ann Grindrod (d. 1832), the daughter of a Rochdale...

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Greg, Robert Hyde (1795–1875), cotton manufacturer and economist, born at 35 King Street, Manchester, on 24 September 1795, was son of Samuel Greg (1758–1834), founder of the Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Cheshire, and brother of William Rathbone Greg and Samuel Greg [see under...

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Heywood, Robert (1786–1868), cotton manufacturer, was born on 30 June 1786 at Little Bolton in Lancashire, the only son of John Heywood (1756–1832), quilting manufacturer, and his first wife, Betty (d. 1789). Robert Heywood had two half-sisters from his father's second marriage, ...

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Lee, George Augustus (1761–1826), cotton spinner and mill manager, was the only son of John Lee (d. 1781), actor–manager, and his Portuguese-born actress wife. Lee's mother died early, and he was brought up by his sister Sophia. The children were well educated, and two of his five sisters, ...

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Nicholls, John Ashton (1823–1859), cotton spinner and philanthropist, was born on 25 March 1823 at Grosvenor Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, the only child of Benjamin Nicholls (1796–1877), cotton spinner and mayor of Manchester (1853–5), and his wife, Sarah, daughter of John Ashton and his wife, ...

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Potter, Edmund (1802–1883), calico printer and politician, was born on 25 January 1802 at Ardwick, Manchester, the second of six children of James Potter, merchant, and his wife, Mary, and was baptized at Cross Street Unitarian Chapel on 28 April 1802. On 3 October 1829 he married ...

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Schwabe, Salis (1800–1853), calico printer and philanthropist, was born Salomon ben Elias Schwabe, in the village of Ovegoenne in the duchy of Oldenburg, northern Germany, and educated chiefly in Hanover. He had at least one brother. At the age of seventeen he went to ...

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