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Haskins, Minnie Louise (1875–1957), author and industrial welfare promoter, was born at 2 Kingswood Hill, Oldland, near Bristol, on 12 May 1875, the second child and eldest daughter of Joseph Haskins (1842–1891), a grocer who acquired a pottery works at Warmley where he manufactured clay drainpipes, and his wife, ...

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Horner, Leonard (1785–1864), factory inspector, geologist, and educationist, was born on 17 January 1785 at St George's Square, Edinburgh, the third and youngest son of John Horner (d. 1829), a wealthy whig linen merchant, and his wife, Joanna, née Baillie. In his youth his circle of acquaintances included ...

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Oastler, Richard (1789–1861), factory reformer, was born on 20 December 1789 in St Peter's Square, Leeds, the eighth and last child of Robert Oastler (1748–1820), a local linen merchant, and his wife, Sarah Scurr (d. 1828). Of his mother's family little is known save that they were devout and respected middle-class folk who had been established in ...

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Sainsbury, Alan John, Baron Sainsbury (1902–1998), food retailer and supporter of consumer rights, was born at 14 Avenue Road, Crouch End, London, on 13 August 1902, the elder son of John Benjamin Sainsbury (1871–1956) [see under Sainsbury (1869–1956)] and his wife, ...

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Tennant [née Abraham], Margery Mary Edith Josephine Pia [May] (1869–1946), factory inspector, was born on 5 April 1869 in Rathgar, co. Dublin, the only daughter of Dr George Whitley Abraham, lawyer, and his wife, Margaret Curtin.

May Abraham was educated privately, mainly by her father, and never achieved any formal qualification. Although brought up a Roman Catholic, she later joined the ...

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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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Whitelegge, Sir (Benjamin) Arthur (1852–1933), factory inspector, was born on 17 October 1852 in Manchester, the son of Henry Whitelegge, gentleman, of Tideswell, Derbyshire, and his wife, Ann Mason Carrington, of Carrington Hall, Cheshire. He was educated at Tideswell grammar school and from 1870 at ...