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Benjamin Aislabie (1774–1842) by Henry Edward Dawe © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Aislabie, Benjamin (1774–1842), wine merchant and cricket administrator, was born on 14 January 1774 in Newington Green, Middlesex, the third son, and sixth and last child, of Rawson Aislabie, soap and wine merchant of Newington Green, and his wife, Frances Rayson, of Dunham, Nottinghamshire...

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Bell, Arthur (1825–1900), wine and spirit merchant, was born on 30 November 1825 at Surrey Square, London, the seventh of fifteen children of Robert Fitzroy Bell, a general agent, and his first wife, Hannah Bruce.

Nothing is known about Bell's upbringing but by the late 1840s he was employed as a traveller by ...

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Bertorelli, Joe [Giuseppe Domenico] (1893–1994), restaurateur, was born on 10 June 1893 at Bergazzi di Bardi, Piacenza, Liguria, Italy, the youngest of the four sons of Lazzaro and Marianna Bertorelli. By the time of his birth his father and three elder brothers were already living and working in ...

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Burgoyne, Peter Bond (1844–1929), wine merchant, was born on 7 February 1844 at Dodbrook, Kingsbridge, Devon, the son of John Trist Burgoyne (c.1812–1856), beer and porter merchant, and his wife, Mary Ann Bond (c.1808–1854). Of his early years and education nothing is known, but in 1858, two years after his father's death, ...

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Campbell, Lorne Maclaine, of Airds (1902–1991), army officer and wine merchant, was born at The Airds, Argyll, Scotland, on 22 July 1902, the eldest of the three sons of Colonel (Ian) Maxwell Campbell of Airds (1870–1954), army officer and wine merchant, and his wife, ...

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See Cranston [married name Cochrane], Catherine [Kate]

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Croft, John (1732–1820), wine merchant and antiquary, was born on 29 February 1732 at Stillington, Yorkshire, the fifth son of Stephen Croft (1683–1733) and Elizabeth (d. 1771), daughter of Sir Edmund Anderson, fourth baronet (bap. 1629, d. 1703). The Crofts were part of a long-established, aristocratic, wealthy landowning ...

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Evans, William (1864–1934), grocer and soft drinks manufacturer, was born at Trellwyn Uchaf Farm, near Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, Wales, on 24 August 1864, the oldest of the fourteen children of Thomas Evans (b. 1842/3), farmer, and his wife, Maria Francis (b. 1844/5)...

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Farriner, Thomas (1615/16?–1670), baker, was apprenticed in March 1629 to Thomas Dodson, a London baker, and then served Richard Beaumont before being admitted a member of the Bakers' Company on 30 March 1637. On 9 July that year Farriner, described as of ...

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Forrester, Joseph James (1809–1861), wine merchant and topographer, was born at Kingston upon Hull on 27 May 1809, the only son of Patrick Forrester (1772–1846), jeweller and goldsmith, and his wife, Sarah, née Weddell (1777–1856). Nothing is known of his early years, but in 1831 he went to ...

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Gilbey, Sir Walter, first baronet (1831–1914), wine merchant and horse breeder, was born on 2 May 1831 at Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, the sixth son of Henry Gilbey, coach proprietor, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of William Bailey of Stansted, Essex. Educated at Bishop's Stortford grammar school...

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Gunter, James (bap. 1745, d. 1819), confectioner, was born at Cross Street, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, where he was baptized on 18 November 1745, the eldest of the three children of Walter Gunter (b. 1717) and his wife, Mary, née Jones. The precise circumstances of ...

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See Gunter, James

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Gye, Frederick, the elder (1781–1869), tea dealer and proprietor of Vauxhall Gardens, was by 1806 a printer in partnership with G. Balne at 7 Union Court, Broad Street, in the City of London, where, having secured the contract for printing state lottery tickets, he made a profitable living. ...

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Charles Digby Harrod (1841–1905) by unknown photographer Company Archive, Harrods Limited, London

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Harrod, Charles Digby (1841–1905), grocer and tea dealer, was born on 25 January 1841 at 4 Cable Street, Whitechapel, second child and eldest son of Charles Henry Harrod (1799–1885), grocer and tea dealer, and his wife, Elizabeth Digby (1810–1860). He left school at sixteen, was apprenticed to a ...

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Charles Henry Harrod (1799–1885) by unknown photographer Company Archive, Harrods Limited, London

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Harrod, Charles Henry (1799–1885), tea dealer and grocer, was born on 16 April 1799, at Lexden, Essex, the son of William Harrod and his wife, Thamar, but little else is known about his early life. However, as he became a grocer and tea merchant, it can be presumed he had at least a rudimentary education....

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Jones, Henry James (1812–1891), inventor of self-raising flour, was born in Bristol and baptized there on 23 January 1813 at Broadmead Baptist Church, the youngest son of Robert Jones, a Bristol confectioner, and Hannah Jefferies. Members of the Jones family had been in the bakery and grocery business in ...