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W. A. J. Archbold

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Hedley, William (1779–1843), designer and maker of steam locomotives, was born at Newburn, near Newcastle upon Tyne, on 13 July 1779, the second son in a family of eight children, of William Hedley, a grocer. He was educated at a school at Wylam...


Kitson, James, first Baron Airedale (1835–1911), locomotive manufacturer and politician, was born on 22 September 1835 at Leeds, the second of four sons of James Kitson (1807–1885) of Elmet Hall, Leeds, and his wife, Ann, daughter of John Newton of Leeds. The elder ...