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Fairbank family (per. c. 1725–1848), surveyors, were of a family settled in Sheffield since the second half of the sixteenth century. The family surveying tradition began with William [i] Fairbank (c. 1688–1759), surveyor and schoolmaster, born in Sheffield about 1688. It was quite common to practise these two professions as both demanded similar skills, although once a surveyor became well established and busy it could prove difficult to remain in the field, surveying for days at a stretch, without jeopardizing the running of a school. The family were Quakers from about the end of the seventeenth century. ...

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Foord, Joseph (1714–1788), land surveyor and hydraulic engineer, was born on 13 July 1714 at Fadmoor, near Kirkbymoorside in Yorkshire, the third of the four children of Matthew Foord (bap. 1682, d. 1744), Quaker farmer and land agent of the Duncombe Park...

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Hornor, Thomas (1785–1844), surveyor and panoramist, was born on 12 June 1785 at Lowgate, Hull, where his family were Quaker grocers. He was taught surveying and engineering by his brother-in-law William Johnson. In the early 1800s he was in Manchester, surveying the property of the free grammar school, but by 1807 he was in ...

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Sturge, William (1820–1905), surveyor and land agent, was born on 21 August 1820 in Bristol, the eldest of four sons and four daughters of Jacob Player Sturge (1793–1857), of Y. and J. P. Sturge, surveyors and land agents of Bristol, and his wife, ...