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James Blades (1901–1999) by Norman Parkinson, 1953 © Norman Parkinson Ltd., courtesy Fiona Cowan; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blades, James (1901–1999), percussionist and author, was born on 9 September 1901 at 166 Star Road, Peterborough, the eldest among the four sons and one daughter of Thomas Weston Blades (1879–1953), journeyman tailor, and his wife, Catherine Close (d. 1921). Jimmy Blades...

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Duckworth, Richard (bap. 1631?, d. 1706), writer on campanology, a native of Lancashire, may have been the person of that name who was baptized at St Peter's, Bolton, on 20 July 1631, the son of John Duckworth. He went to Oxford and on 4 May 1648 was one of the undergraduates of ...

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Ellacombe [Ellicombe], Henry Thomas (1790–1885), campanologist and Church of England clergyman, was born at Alphington, Devon, on 15 May 1790, the second of seven sons of William Ellicombe (d. 1831), rector of Alphington, and his wife, Hannah, née Rous. Sir Charles Grene Ellicombe...

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Morris, Ernest (1889–1962), bell-ringer and author, was born at 60 Pasture Lane, Leicester, on 28 July 1889, the son of Josiah Morris, himself a well-known ringer, and his wife, Louisa, née Johnson. Ernest Morris had only elementary education, as his father, a shoemaker by profession, was unable to send him to high school; thus he was largely self-educated. At the age of fourteen he left school and went to work in a leather warehouse. After service during the First World War, partly abroad, eventually in 1937 he succeeded his father as verger of ...

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Raven, John James (1833–1906), antiquary and campanologist, born on 25 June 1833 at Boston, Lincolnshire, was the eldest son of eight children of John Hardy Raven, of Huguenot descent, rector of Worlington, near Mildenhall, Suffolk, and his wife, Jane Augusta, daughter of John Richman...

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Robinson, Francis Edward (1833–1910), Church of England clergyman and bell-ringer, was born on 6 January 1833 at Begbroke, Oxfordshire, the eldest of ten children of Francis Robinson (b. c.1805), vicar of Begbroke, and his wife, Sophia, née Rowden (b. c...

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Stedman, Fabian (bap. 1640, d. 1713), bookseller and campanologist, was baptized on 7 December 1640 at the church of St John the Baptist, Yarkhill, Herefordshire. He was the third son of the rector, the Revd Francis Stedman (1598–1671), and the first son of ...

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Wigram, Woolmore (1831–1907), Church of England clergyman and campanologist, was the fifth son of ten children of Money Wigram (1790–1873), director of the Bank of England, of Manor Place, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, and Mary, daughter of Charles Hampden Turner, of Rooks Nest, Godstone, Surrey...