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John Derby Allcroft (1822–1893) by Sir Francis Grant, 1873 photograph by courtesy Sotheby's Picture Library, London

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Allcroft, John Derby (1822–1893), glove manufacturer and entrepreneur, was born in Worcester on 19 July 1822, only son and elder child of Jeremiah Macklin Allcroft (1791–1867), who was a partner in the glove manufacturing firm of J. and W. Dent & Co. His mother, ...

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Asser, Ernest (1863–1931), shirtmaker, was born at 4 Roseberry Villas, Tufnell Park, London, on 3 August 1863, the son of James Asser, cutler, and his wife, Frances, née Thirtle. In 1885 he was a salesman in a shop supplying hosiery and gloves which opened that year in the name of ...

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Fish, Walter (d. 1585), tailor, is of unknown parentage and the early details of his life are unclear. Most likely born about 1520, he became free of the Merchant Taylors' Company of London probably shortly before 1545, when he would have been at least twenty-four; he was taking apprentices by 1547–8. He married, almost certainly in 1547, ...

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Hill, Robert (1699–1777), tailor and religious writer, was born on 11 January 1699 at Miswell, Hertfordshire, the son of poor parents, Robert Hill and Phoebe, née Clark. His father died within a year of his birth and about five years later his mother married ...

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Anthony John Mundella (1825–1897) by London Stereoscopic Co., c. 1883 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mundella, Anthony John (1825–1897), hosiery manufacturer and politician, was born at Leicester on 28 March 1825. His father, Antonio Mundella, a political refugee from Como in Italy, emigrated to England about 1820 and was naturalized at Bradford where he first settled. Shortly thereafter he moved to ...

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Sir Edward Thomason (bap. 1769, d. 1849) by William Brockedon, 1834 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thomason, Sir Edward (bap. 1769, d. 1849), manufacturer of buttons and jewellery and publisher of medals, was baptized in Birmingham on 14 November 1769, the son of Edward Thomason, a buckle manufacturer, and his wife, Catherine. He served as an apprentice in Matthew Boulton's...

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Wheatcroft, Leonard (1627–1707), craftsman and author, was born on 1 May 1627 at Ashover, Derbyshire, the eldest of nine children of Leonard Wheatcroft (d. 1648), yeoman, and his wife, Anne Harrison (c.1605–1693). He worked as a tailor with his father, and after the latter's death taught this trade to four of his brothers. He later claimed to have been a soldier '...