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Abbatt [née Cobb], (Nora) Marjorie (1899–1991), promoter of toy design and businesswoman, was born on 18 March 1899 at 12 Lovelace Gardens, Surbiton, Surrey, the elder daughter of Edward Rhodes Cobb (1872-1965), a well-to-do fur broker, and his wife Marion Murray ...

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Barratt, Sir Lawrence Arthur [Lawrie] (1927–2012), house builder, was born on 14 November 1927 at Eskville, Warrington Road, Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne, the son of William Arthur Barratt (1893–1971), an electrical engineer on the municipal trams, and his wife, Florence Mary, née Jagger (1900–1987)...

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Sir Lawrence Arthur Barratt (1927–2012) by Mike Owen, c.1985 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Batley, Lawrence (1911–2002), businessman, was born on 15 February 1911 at 37 Bland Street, Lockwood, Huddersfield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the elder son of John Arthur Batley, iron moulder, and his wife, Beatrice, née Fawley, weaver. Although he passed the entrance examination for ...

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Beckett, Sir Terence Norman (1923–2013), industrialist and business leader, was born on 13 December 1923 at 41 Tasker Street, Walsall, the son of Horace Norman Beckett (1901–1979), a junior civil servant, and his wife, Clarice Lillie, otherwise Clarice Lillian, née Allsopp (1892–1967), both from ...

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Birley, Marcus Oswald Hornby Lecky [Mark] (1930–2007), club owner, was born at midnight on 29–30 May 1930 (his birth was recorded as 30 May), at the Corner House, 62 Wellington Road, St John's Wood, London, the only son of Sir Oswald Hornby Joseph Birley (1880–1952)...

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Briscoe, John (d. 1697), merchant and projector, is described in many records as a merchant, although little is known of his trading activities. He was apprenticed to a member of the London Salters' Company, although his name does not appear in that company's serving registers. He may have been the ...

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Brooks, Robert (1790–1882), businessman and trader, was born in Laceby, Lincolnshire, and baptized there on 5 April 1791 at St Mary's Church, the second son of William Brooks, yeoman farmer at Laceby, and his wife, Ann Ostler. He was apprenticed to the wealthy ...

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Caldcleugh, Alexander (1795–1858), businessman and traveller, was born on 17 June 1795 in London (where he was baptized at St Olave's, Hart Street), the only son and fourth of five children of Alexander Caldcleugh (d. 1809), shipowner and merchant, of Broad Green, Croydon, Surrey...

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Cronshaw, Cecil John Turrell (1889–1961), industrial chemist and businessman, was born on 13 June 1889 at Heywood in Lancashire, the son of William Robert Cronshaw, a commercial traveller, and his wife, Anne Elizabeth, née Turrell. He was educated at Bury grammar school and apprenticed for a time to ...

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Durham, Sir Kenneth (1924–2005), businessman, was born on 28 July 1924 at 104 Stanley Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, the son of George Durham, house painter, and his wife, Bertha, née Aspin. He was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Blackburn, and briefly read physics at ...

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Fraser, Hugh, first Baron Fraser of Allander (1903–1966), department store owner and businessman, was born at Glencaple, Partickhill Road, Partick, Lanarkshire, on 15 January 1903, the only son of Hugh Fraser (d. 1927), drapery warehouseman, and his wife, Emily Florence, née McGown...

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Hugh Fraser, first Baron Fraser of Allander (1903–1966) by Sir James Gunn, 1964 Estate of the Artist; Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Gee, Henry Simpson (1842–1924), shoe manufacturer and businessman, was born on 6 April 1842 at Lowerhead Row, Leeds, the eldest son of George Walker Gee, linen draper, and his wife, Ellen, née Simpson. He was educated privately at Grange School, Thorp Arch, near ...

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Hindley, John Scott, Viscount Hyndley (1883–1963), businessman and coal industry administrator, was born in Margate on 24 October 1883, the son of the Revd William Talbot Hindley (1845–1906), vicar of Holy Trinity, Margate, and his wife, Caroline, daughter of John Scott. He was educated from 1899 to 1901 at ...

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Hitchcock, Sir Eldred Frederick (1887–1959), businessman, was born on 9 December 1887 in Islington, London, the eldest, with his twin sister, Effie, of the seven children of Eldred Hitchcock, superintendent of Dr Barnardo's Home, Epsom, and his wife, Louisa Naomi Orchard. He was educated at ...