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Alfred Baldwin (1841–1908) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1897 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Baldwin, Alfred (1841–1908), industrialist and politician, was born at Stourport, Worcestershire, on 4 June 1841, the youngest of twelve children of George Pearce Baldwin (1789–1840), a small-scale iron founder and businessman, and his second wife, Sarah Chalkley Stanley (1801–1874), the eldest daughter of the ...


Perks, Sir Robert William, first baronet (1849–1934), industrialist and politician, was born at Old Brentford on 24 April 1849, the elder son of the Revd George Thomas Perks (1819–1877), president of the Wesleyan conference in 1873, and his wife, Mary (d. 1894)...


Ruston, Joseph (1835–1897), engineer and manufacturer, was born in February 1835 at Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, son of Robert Ruston (d. 1850/51), farmer. He was educated at Wesley College, Sheffield, and was apprenticed in the cutlery firm of Wolstenholme & Son. Opportunities for advancement in this old-established firm were limited, so he sought a partnership elsewhere, having some capital inherited from his father, who had died when ...