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Gordon Goodwin

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Moore, Joseph (1766–1851), benefactor and impresario, was born at Shelsley Beauchamp or Shelsley Walsh, Worcestershire. Details of his parentage and exact date of birth are not known, but he was educated in Worcester. In 1781 he was sent to Birmingham to learn die-sinking, and afterwards entered into a partnership in the button trade. On acquiring an independent position he devoted his leisure to works of charity. In conjunction with ...