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Adam, William (1828–1898), carpet manufacturer, was born on 10 June 1828 in Paisley, the eldest of five children and the only son of Peter Adam (c.1798–1861), hand-loom weaver, and his wife, Elisa.

Adam began his career in Paisley, working as a hand-loom cotton weaver and later as a warehouseman. On 16 June 1854 he married ...

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Thomas Avery (1813–1894) by Henry Turner Munns Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery

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Avery, Thomas (1813–1894), scale manufacturer and local politician, was born in 1813, the second son of William Avery (1789–1843), scale maker, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Balden. Thomas and his elder brother, William Henry Avery (1812–1874), were born into a long-established dynasty of ...

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Benham, John Lee (1785–1864), stove manufacturer, was born in Reading, Berkshire, on 3 November 1785, the second son of Avery Benham (b. 1753), whitesmith, and his wife, Ann Lee. In 1791 his father moved to London, where he set up in business as ...

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Boulsover, Thomas (1705–1788), cutler, was born in Ecclesfield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, and baptized in the parish church on 18 October 1705, the fifth of the nine children of Samuel Bolsover (1670–1721), farmer and cutler, and Margaret (1673–1716), daughter of George...

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Brinton, Henry (1796–1857), carpet manufacturer, was born in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, on 10 January 1796, the eldest of the three sons of William Brinton (1770–1849) and his wife, Ann Howell, née Goodridge (d. 1823). The Brinton family had been established in the carpet business since 1783. ...

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Wilberforce Bryant (1837–1906) by Augusto Stoppoloni Christie's Images Ltd. (2004)

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Bryant, Wilberforce (1837–1906), match manufacturer, was born in Plymouth on 25 January 1837, the eldest of four sons (there was also a daughter) of William Bryant (1804–1874) and his wife, Elizabeth Carkeet. William Bryant, who had become a Quaker on his marriage, ran a malodorous business making tallow, candles, blacking, sugar, and locomotive lubricants. In 1844 he teamed up with a fellow Quaker, ...

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Cockshut, John (1837–1912), wallpaper manufacturer, was born on 4 November 1837 at Tong with Haulgh, near Bolton, Lancashire, the eldest son of John Cockshut, plumber and glazier, and his wife, Alice (née Bromiley).

Cockshut is known largely for his contribution to the British wallpaper industry. His involvement began when, aged eight, he went to work for ...

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Crossley [née Turner], Martha (1775–1854), carpet manufacturer, was born on 23 February 1775 at Folly Hall, Ambler Thorn, Northowram, near Halifax, the second of the six children of Abraham Turner (1747–1805), a yeoman farmer and former worsted manufacturer, and his wife, Sarah (1741–1814)...

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Day, Charles (1782/3–1836), blacking manufacturer, was born in London, the son of the Yorkshire-born Francis Day, owner of a perfumery and ‘hair warehouse’ in Tavistock Street, Covent Garden. Charles Day was apprenticed as a barber and, about the turn of the century, plied his trade with ...

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Early, Charles (1824–1912), blanket manufacturer, was born on 29 December 1824 at West End, Witney, Oxfordshire, the eighth child and youngest son in the family of four sons and five daughters of John Early (1783–1862), blanket maker, and his wife, Elizabeth (Betsy), née...

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Ebenezer Elliott (1781–1849) by unknown artist, c. 1840 Rotherham Libraries Museums and Arts Service

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Elliott, Ebenezer [called the Corn Law Rhymer] (1781–1849), poet and bar-iron merchant, was born on 17 March 1781 in the new foundry of Masbrough in the parish of Rotherham, Yorkshire, one of eleven children (of whom eight reached maturity) of Ebenezer Elliott (...

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Ercolani, Lucian Randolph (1888–1976), furniture designer and manufacturer, was born on 8 May 1888 at Sant' Angelo in Vado, in the Marche, Italy, the eldest son of Abdon Ercolani, a picture framer, and his wife, a dressmaker. He was left in the care of his grandmother when his parents moved to ...