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Blomefield, Francis (1705–1752), topographical historian and Church of England clergyman, was born on 23 July 1705 at Fersfield, Norfolk, the eldest son of Henry Blomefield (1680–1732) and his wife, Alice Batch (d. 1730), daughter of Henry Batch of Lynn. He came from a family of yeomen farmers and was the first member to receive a university education. He began attending classes run by the rector of ...

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Candler [Gillet], Matthias (1605–1663), topographer and Church of England clergyman, son of William Gillet or Candler (c.1580–1612), schoolmaster, of Yoxford, Suffolk, and his wife, Hannah (c.1585–1649), daughter of William Fiske and Anna Anstye of South Elmham St James, was born on 24 February 1605 at ...

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Hall, Peter (1803–1849), Church of England clergyman and topographer, was born on 31 December 1803, the third son of James Hall of St George's, Bloomsbury, London. At the age of thirteen he was sent to Winchester College, where he was educated on the foundation, and thence proceeded to ...

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Hill, John Harwood (1809–1886), Church of England clergyman and topographer, son of Robert Hill of Lincoln and Leamington, and his wife, Mary, was born at Louth, Lincolnshire, and baptized there on 3 October 1809. Robert Gardiner Hill (1811–1878) was a younger brother. On 30 June 1830 he was admitted a pensioner of ...

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Purchas, Samuel (bap. 1577, d. 1626), geographical editor and compiler and Church of England clergyman, was baptized on 20 November 1577 at Thaxted, Essex, the sixth of the ten children of George Purcas (c.1549–1625), who was in the cloth trade, and his wife, ...

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Samuel Purchas (bap. 1577, d. 1626) by unknown engraver, pubd 1624 © Copyright The British Museum

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Williams, George (1814–1878), Church of England clergyman and topographer, born at Eton on 4 April 1814, was the son of Edward Williams, a bookseller and publisher in Eton, and his wife, Sarah Turner. He was educated on the foundation at Eton College, being in the first form of the lower school in the election for 1820, and was admitted scholar on 15 September 1829. In 1832 he received the money collected at the traditional ...