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Andrews, Robert (1703–1763), lawyer and property developer, was born in London, probably at Upper John Street, Golden Square, on 3 September 1703, the fifth but second surviving son of Richard Andrews (1664–1734), a scrivener, and his wife, Elizabeth (1664–1749), daughter of Hugh Pigot...

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Baldwin, Thomas (c. 1750–1820), architect and property developer, of unknown parentage, was mainly active in Bath, although not born there. He married Elizabeth, daughter of John Chapman, alderman of the city, on 15 September 1779, at St James's Church. They had at least one daughter and one son. He began his career as clerk to the Palladian local architect ...

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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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Sir Cyril Wilson Black (1902–1991) by Walter Bird, 1959 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Black, Sir Cyril Wilson (1902–1991), property developer and politician, was born on 8 April 1902 at 11 Langham Mansions, Kensington, London, one of four sons (three surviving) and two daughters of Robert Wilson Black (1871–1951), property developer, of 11 Langham Mansions, and his wife, ...

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Burton [Haliburton], James (1761–1837), builder and developer, was born on 29 July 1761, probably in London, the son of William Haliburton, a Southwark-based builder of Scottish descent. He was articled to a surveyor named James Dalton in 1776, and subsequently became his partner. ...

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Carr, Jonathan Thomas (1845–1915), property developer, was born in Dublin, the eldest son among the ten children of Jonathan Carr (d. 1881), a wholesale woollen draper of Cumbrian origin with a business in the West End of London, and his Irish wife. The family was liberal in outlook, art loving, and gregarious: one brother, ...

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Clayton, Sarah (1712–1779), property developer and industrialist, was born at Liverpool on 26 August 1712, the youngest of the nine children of Alderman William Clayton (d. 1715), merchant and ropeworks proprietor, and his second wife, Elizabeth (d. 1745), daughter of George Leigh...

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Clements, Nathaniel (1705–1777), Treasury official and property developer, was the fifth son of Robert Clements (1664–1722) of Rathkenny, near Cootehill, co. Cavan, a second-generation squire of Cromwellian origins, and Elizabeth (d. 1742), daughter of General Theophilus Sandford of Moyglare, co. Meath. Clements...

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Cotton, Jack (1903–1964), property developer, was born at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on 1 January 1903, the third son of Benjamin Marcus Cotton and his wife, Caroline Josephine Rudelsheim. His father was an import–export merchant with a flourishing trade in silver plate cutlery to South Africa...

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Edgson, (Walter) Stanley (1893–1950), commercial property developer, was born in 1893. Nothing else is known about his life until he began his estate agency career with the practice of Rawlins and Culver, moving to the commercial chartered surveyors Hillier and Parker, based in the ...

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Fenston, Felix Donovan (1915–1970), property developer, was born on 21 April 1915 at 41 Cleveland Mansions, Paddington, London, the son of Joseph Fenston (1889-1963), a theatrical impresario and trader of Swiss-Jewish origin who was naturalized a British subject in 1913 as ...

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Flack, Walter (1915–1963), property developer, was born Isaac Wolf Flach, on 16 November 1915 at 15 Richmond Road, South Hammersmith, London, the son of Jewish parents, Abraham Judah Flach (1874-1948), a master ladies tailor, and his second wife Olive née Posener (or Pausner) (...

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Gardiner, Luke, first Viscount Mountjoy (1745–1798), politician and property developer, was born on 7 February 1745, the eldest son of Charles Gardiner (c.1712–1769), landowner and MP, and Florinda Norman (b. 1722). As the scion of a family that had become extremely wealthy as a consequence of shrewd land purchases and urban development on ...

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Hill, Philip Ernest (1873–1944), property developer and financier, was born at 8 Scarborough Terrace, Torquay, on 11 April 1873, the younger son and youngest of three children of Philip Hill (1839–1922), cab proprietor, and his wife, Mary Smith (1830–1883), a lodging-house keeper. His mother died when he was ten, his only sister subsequently bringing him up. In 1886 he entered ...

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Hyams, Harry John (1928–2015), property developer and art collector, was born on 2 January 1928 at Fairway, Farm Avenue, Child’s Hill, Hendon, London, the only child of Samuel (Uel) Hyams (1892–1965), an importer of crystal glass, and his wife, ...

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John Innes (1829–1904) by H. C. Osterstock, 1934 John Innes Centre, Norwich

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Innes, John (1829–1904), property developer, and philanthropist, was born on 20 January 1829 in Hampstead, Middlesex, and baptized on 23 February 1829 at All Souls, St Marylebone, the sixth of seven known children of John Innes (1786–1869), a West Indies merchant of Mincing Lane...

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King, Robert, second earl of Kingston (1754–1799), accused murderer and property developer, was the eldest son of Edward King, first earl of Kingston (1726–1797), then MP for Boyle and later for co. Sligo, and his wife, Jane (d. 1784), illegitimate daughter of ...