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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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Hoskins, William George (1908–1992), historian of the English landscape, was born on 22 May 1908 in Exeter, the eldest of four sons of William George Hoskins (1873–1955), baker, and his wife, Alice Beatrice (1879–1966), daughter of John Dymond of Silverton, Devon. He was born at his grandparents' house, ...

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Wallis, Helen Margaret (1924–1995), map librarian and historian of cartography, was born on 17 August 1924 at Dunkery, Park Road, Barnet, Hertfordshire, the daughter of Leonard Francis Wallis (1880–1965), a headmaster, and his wife, Mary McCulloch Jones (1884–1957), a teacher. She had a twin brother. After attending ...