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Abercrombie, Sir (Leslie) Patrick (1879–1957), town planner, was born on 6 June 1879 at Green Bank, Sale, Altrincham, one of a family of nine. His father, William Abercrombie (1838–1908), born in Bradford, was a Manchester stockbroker and businessman, with literary and artistic interests; his mother, ...

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Brett, Lionel Gordon Baliol, fourth Viscount Esher (1913–2004), architect and town planner, was born on 18 July 1913 at Orchard Lea, Winkfield, in Windsor Forest, Berkshire, the eldest of three children and only son of Oliver Sylvain Baliol Brett, from 1930 third Viscount Esher...

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Fidler, Alwyn Gwilym Sheppard (1909–1990), architect, was born on 8 May 1909 at Dee Valley, Holywell, Flintshire, the son of William Ernest Fidler (1880–1912), a schoolteacher from Towcester, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Phoebe Maud, née Williams (d. 1951), of ...

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Geddes, Sir Patrick (1854–1932), social evolutionist and city planner, was born at Ballater, west Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on 2 October 1854, the youngest son of Alexander Geddes (1808–1899), and his wife, Janet Stivenson. His father was a quartermaster in the Black Watch; his mother came from a family of strict Presbyterian covenanters....

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Holford, William Graham, Baron Holford (1907–1975), architect and town planner, was born in Berea, Johannesburg, Transvaal Colony, on 22 March 1907, the elder surviving child and second son of William George Holford (1866–1927) and his wife, Katherine Maud Palmer (1875–1966). Both parents came from ...

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Howard, Sir Ebenezer (1850–1928), founder of the garden city movement, was born at 62 Fore Street in the City of London on 29 January 1850, the third child and only son of Ebenezer Howard, confectioner, who owned several shops in and near the ...

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Keay, Sir Lancelot Herman (1883–1974), architect, was born on 3 August 1883 at 1 Clarence Villa, Enys Road, Eastbourne, the second son of Henry William Keay (1849–1938), bookseller and seven times mayor of Eastbourne, and his wife, Annie Maria Merrick, née Head (1848–1944)...

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Nettlefold, John Sutton (1866–1930), housing reformer and town planner, was born in Highbury, London, on 2 May 1866, the fourth son of (Edward) John Nettlefold (1826–1878), screw manufacturer, and his wife Frances, née Whyman (1835–1907). His family were Unitarians and he was educated at ...

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Pepler, Sir George Lionel (1882–1959), town planner, was born at Croydon, Surrey, on 24 February 1882, the third child and second son of George Henry Pepler (1849–1884), brewer, and his wife, Emma Florence Mills (1853–1935); Harry Douglas Clarke Pepler (known as Hilary) was his brother. Educated at ...

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Smigielski, (Wladyslaw) Konrad (1908–1999), town planner, was born in Tarnow, Poland, on 13 March 1908, the son of Bronislaw Smigielski, who was later described as of ‘independent means’. His mother and wider Polish family are unknown. He studied architecture at Warsaw Polytechnic...

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Soissons, Louis Emmanuel Jean Guy de (1890–1962), architect and town planner, was born in Montreal, Canada, on 31 July 1890, the younger son of Charles de Soissons and his wife, Julie, née Rozwadowska. When he and his brother and sister were small, the family moved to ...

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Unwin, Sir Raymond (1863–1940), engineer, architect, and town planner, was the younger son of William Unwin (1827–1900) and his wife, Elizabeth Sully, of a family from Bridgwater, Somerset, with shipping interests in the Welsh coal trade. His father had inherited a tannery at ...