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Avery, Thomas (1813–1894), scale manufacturer and local politician, was born in 1813, the second son of William Avery (1789–1843), scale maker, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Balden. Thomas and his elder brother, William Henry Avery (1812–1874), were born into a long-established dynasty of ...

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Bryant, Wilberforce (1837–1906), match manufacturer, was born in Plymouth on 25 January 1837, the eldest of four sons (there was also a daughter) of William Bryant (1804–1874) and his wife, Elizabeth Carkeet. William Bryant, who had become a Quaker on his marriage, ran a malodorous business making tallow, candles, blacking, sugar, and locomotive lubricants. In 1844 he teamed up with a fellow Quaker, ...

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Elliott, Ebenezer [called the Corn Law Rhymer] (1781–1849), poet and bar-iron merchant, was born on 17 March 1781 in the new foundry of Masbrough in the parish of Rotherham, Yorkshire, one of eleven children (of whom eight reached maturity) of Ebenezer Elliott (...

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Hale, Warren Stormes (1791–1872), tallow chandler and benefactor, was born on 2 February 1791 at Benington, Hertfordshire, the youngest of eight children of Edward Hale (1754–1791), farmer, and his wife, Edith, née Warren (1750–1808). Before he was a year old his father died, and in 1805 ...

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Lord, Cyril (1911–1984), carpet manufacturer, was born on 12 July 1911 at 129 Moorside Street, Droylsden, Manchester, the son of Richard Lund Lord and his wife, Kate, née Hackney. His family had impeccable textile connections linking Macclesfield and Saddleworth hand-loom weavers, and his was a Wesleyan Methodist upbringing within a close mill community. In later life he rebelled against many of his early associations, was educated at the central school in ...

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Mason, Sir Josiah (1795–1881), pen-nib manufacturer and philanthropist, was born on 23 February 1795 at Mill Street, Kidderminster, the second son of Josiah Mason, carpet weaver, and his wife Elizabeth Griffiths. At the age of eight he commenced selling cakes in the streets, and afterwards fruit and vegetables, which he carried from door to door on a donkey. He taught himself shoemaking in 1810, and was afterwards a carpenter, a blacksmith, and a house-painter. In 1814 he became a carpet weaver, and from 1817 to 1822 he acted as manager of the imitation-gold jewellery works of his uncle, ...

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Mellor, David Rogerson (1930–2009), silversmith and industrial designer, was born on 5 October 1930 at 181 Tapton Hill Road, Ecclesall, Sheffield, the second child and only son of Colin Mellor, a toolmaker at the Sheffield Twist Drill Company, and his wife, Ivy, née...

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Parker, Sir Peter (1924–2002), businessman, was born in Malo-les-Bains, near Dunkirk, France, on 30 August 1924, the third son of Tom Parker, a marine engineer born in Hull, and his wife, Dorothy Sydney, née Mackinlay, a teacher. Both his brothers died during the Second World War. He spent half of his childhood in ...

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Treloar, Sir William Purdie, baronet (1843–1923), carpet manufacturer and philanthropist, was born on 13 January 1843 in a room over the gateway of the Patent Coconut Fibre Works in Holland Street, Southwark, London, the second son of Thomas Treloar (1818–1876), a coconut fibre mat manufacturer, formerly of ...

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Twyford, Thomas William (1849–1921), sanitary ware manufacturer, was born at Hanover Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, on 23 September 1849, the eldest son in the family of four sons and one daughter of Thomas Twyford (1827–1872), earthenware manufacturer, and his wife, Sarah, née Jones (...

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Williamson, James, Baron Ashton (1842–1930), linoleum manufacturer, was born on 31 December 1842 in Lancaster, the third of five sons (three of whom died in infancy) and the fourth of six children of James Williamson (d. 1879), originally of Keswick, painter, decorator, and later oilcloth manufacturer of ...