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Daniel Albone (1860–1906) by unknown photographer, c.1902 © Biggleswade History Society

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Albone, Daniel [Dan] (1860–1906), cycle and motor tractor manufacturer, was born at the Ongley Arms inn, Shortmead Street, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, on 12 September 1860, the fourth son and youngest of eight children of Edward Albone (d. 1864), publican and market gardener, and his wife, ...

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Alper, Samuel [Sam] (1924–2002), caravan manufacturer, was born on 25 April 1924 at 351 Queens Road, Plaistow, Essex, the son of Morris Alper and his wife, Lily, née Levy. His father was described as a draper on Alper's birth certificate but as a hairdresser on his second marriage certificate. ...

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Anderson, John (1747–1820), merchant and stagecoach operator, was born in western Scotland in very humble circumstances, the son of David Anderson, of Portland. He moved to Glasgow, and after making £500 through dealing in herring he moved to Cork, in 1780, and became an export merchant....

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Aveling, Thomas (1824–1882), engineer and manufacturer of steamrollers, was born at Elm, near Wisbech, on 11 September 1824, the eldest of three sons. He came from an old-established Cambridgeshire family, but he moved to Rochester in Kent as a boy, when his widowed mother remarried. About 1836 he was apprenticed to a farmer, ...

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Corley, Sir Kenneth Sholl Ferrand (1908–2005), industrialist, was born at Rosthwaite, Westley Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham, on 3 November 1908, the son of Sydney Walter Corley, insurance inspector, and his wife, Annie Louise, née Sholl. He was educated at St Bees School in ...

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Thomas Hobson (1545–1631) by unknown artist [original, 1629] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hobson, Thomas (1545–1631), carrier, was the elder son of Thomas Hobson and his wife, Elinor. His birthplace has been stated as Buntingford, Hertfordshire, on the strength of his father's having been born there, but a note on the back of a contemporary petition relating to ...

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Jempson, (Arthur) John (1904–1981), road haulier, was born at Strand Quay, Rye, Sussex, on 14 September 1904, the eldest son in a family of two sons and four daughters of Arthur Jempson (1877–1955) and his wife, Ruth Palmer (1876–1956), daughter of a seed merchant. The parents were Strict Baptists. ...

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Levinson, Maurice (1911–1984), taxi driver and author, was born at Kishinev, Bessarabia, Russia, on 24 March 1911, son of Mendel Levinson (1891–1918), tailor, and his wife, Rose (1894–1961), seamstress. He left Bessarabia when he was six months old, following an anti-semitic pogrom in which his grandfather was murdered. After traversing ...

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Lofting, John (c. 1659–1742), merchant and manufacturer of engines, was a native of the Netherlands, one of at least two brothers. He later recorded that he 'lived seven years at Amsterdam with one of the masters of the fire engines there, and is thoroughly acquainted with the methods practised in those parts in quenching of fires' (...

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John Loudon McAdam (1756–1836) by unknown artist, c. 1830 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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McAdam, John Loudon (1756–1836), builder and administrator of roads, was born in the west-coast town of Ayr, at 22 Sandgate, on 21 September 1756, the youngest child and second son of James McAdam of Waterhead (c.1718–1770), and his wife, Susannah Cochrane (...

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Mountain, Sarah Ann (1769/70–1842), coach and inn proprietor, married Butler William Mountain (1759–1818) not later than 1790. His father, William Mountain, had been admitted to the Innholders' Company in 1772, his inn being the Swan with Two Necks, Lad Lane, one of London's...

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Nelson [née Abbat], Ann (1769/70–1852), coach proprietor and innkeeper, was probably the Ann Abbat, daughter of Robert and Ann Abbat, baptized at St Mary's, Whitechapel, on 11 March 1772. On 18 January 1790 she married Edward Nelson at St Leonard, Shoreditch. In December of the same year ...

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Pickford, Matthew (1741–1799), waggoner and canal carrier, was born at Poynton, Cheshire, on 5 July 1741, the eldest of six children of James Pickford (1709–1768) and his wife, Martha (1711–1772). The Pickfords were a Cheshire family. Hailing originally from Adlington, James moved, in 1747, to occupy lands leased from ...

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Russell, Robert (1757–1822), carrier, was baptized on 8 November 1757 at Burstock, near Beaminster, Dorset, the fifth of the six children of Robert Russell. His father died at Boomer, near North Petherton, Somerset, in 1775 or 1778. His uncle Thomas Russell (1730–1799) became, in the 1760s, a partner in a firm of carriers by horse-drawn wagon between ...

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Trotman, Alexander James [Alex], Baron Trotman (1933–2005), industrialist, was born at 30 Twickenham Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, on 22 July 1933, the son of Charles Arthur Trotman, stoker, and later upholsterer, and his wife, Agnes Smith, née Thomson. At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Wiltshire, Walter (1718/19–1799), carrier, is of obscure origins; little is known about his early life, except that he had one brother. The Wiltshires came from the north Somerset countryside, but by the early eighteenth century men of that name were at work in ...

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Wordie, William (1810–1874), carrier and contractor, was born on 23 March 1810 at Stirling, son of John Wordie (1783–1830), carrier, and Janet Stewart. William was locally educated and probably went from school into his father's modest cartage business in Stirling, running twice weekly between there and ...