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Aston, Michael Antony [Mick] (1946–2013), geographer and archaeologist, was born on 1 July 1946 at 112 Birch Road, Oldbury, Worcestershire, the son of Harold Henry Aston, a joiner's toolmaker, and his wife, Gladys, née Bagnall. Oldbury belonged to the industrial Black Country (on the border between ...

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Michael Antony Aston (1946–2013) by Mark Thomas, 2000 Rex Features

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Brayley, Edward Wedlake (1773–1854), topographer and archaeologist, born in Lambeth, London, was apprenticed to one of the most eminent enamellers in London. While an apprentice he met John Britton. They both had literary and artistic aspirations, and longed to be free of their existing trades. They formed a close friendship, which lasted for sixty-five years, and collaborated to produce illustrated volumes on topographical subjects. They began their literary partnership with a song called ...

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Kirwan, Sir (Archibald) Laurence Patrick [Larry] (1907–1999), archaeologist and geographer, was born on 13 May 1907 in Cork, the second son of Patrick John Kirwan and his wife, Mabel, née Norton. His father came from an old Galway family, the Kirwans of Cregg...

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Sir (Archibald) Laurence Patrick Kirwan (1907–1999) by Bassano, c. 1962 The Royal Geographical Society, London

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Phillips, Charles William (1901–1985), archaeologist and topographer, was born at 114 Alexandra Road, Wimbledon, Surrey, on 24 April 1901, the son of Harold William Phillips, a corn merchant, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth, née Williams. After the suicide of his father in 1907, following business problems, his mother supported ...