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Andrews, William (1835–1914), industrial designer, entrepreneur, and politician, was born in Coventry on 17 March 1835, the only son of three children of James and Isabella Andrews. His father was a Scot, a former regular soldier, and small businessman of Coventry. Andrews attended ...

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Deloney, Thomas (d. in or before 1600), silkweaver and writer, is thought to have been born in Norwich; his surname is of French origin, and Flemish and French protestant refugees had been settling in Norfolk in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, working in the cloth trades. In addition, the first known ballad by ...

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Dyke [née Bond], (Millicent) Zoë, Lady Dyke (1896–1975), pioneer of British sericulture, was born on 6 February 1896 at 9 Manor Road, Leyton, Essex, the daughter of Barnabas Mayston Bond, medical practitioner, and his wife, Eliza Josephine Luxon. She was the youngest of four children. The family moved to ...

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Gutteridge, Joseph (1816–1899), silk weaver and naturalist, was born on 23 March 1816 in Coventry, the eldest of the three sons of Joseph Gutteridge, a recruiting sergeant, and his first wife, Sarah Shaw. Educated from 1821 in two schools, run by a Quaker woman and Wesleyan preacher respectively, he then went to ...

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Lombe, Sir Thomas (1685–1739), merchant and inventor of silk-throwing machinery, eldest son of Henry Lombe, worsted weaver, of Norwich, was born at Norwich on 5 September 1685. The father died about 1695, leaving his sons Thomas and Henry under the care of his executors, while the surviving younger son ...

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Wardle, Sir Thomas (1831–1909), silk dyer and printer, was born on 26 January 1831 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, the eldest son of Joshua and Mary Wardle. He received his early education in Macclesfield before attending Leek grammar school, and later went to work in the dyeworks at ...

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Sir Frank Warner (1862–1930) by Walter Stoneman, 1920 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Warner, Sir Frank (1862–1930), silk manufacturer, was born at 5 Punderson's Place, Bethnal Green, London, on 13 September 1862, the son of Benjamin Warner (1828–1908), a silk designer, and his wife, Emma, née Branscomb. When he left school in 1878, Frank and his elder brother ...

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