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Barratt, (Arthur) William (1877–1939), shoe manufacturer and retailer, was born on 8 October 1877 in Ethel Street, Northampton, the fourth of seven sons of John Barratt, a shoemaker, and Eleanor, née Yeomans. William Barratt, as he was always known, came from a working-class background, and after attending the local elementary school he worked as a shop assistant selling shoes in ...

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Hewes, George Robert Twelves (1742–1840), cordwainer and revolutionary activist in America, was born on 25 August 1742 at the sign of the Bull's Head and Horns, Water Street, Boston, Massachusetts, the sixth of nine children of George Hewes (1701–1749), tallow chandler and erstwhile tanner, and his wife, ...

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Sears, John George (1870–1916), shoe manufacturer and retailer, was born on 6 February 1870 in Northampton, the eldest child of James Sears, leather seller and shoe manufacturer, and Amelia (née Cushion), both of Northampton. After attending a local elementary school Sears was apprenticed in the shoe trade, working for the ...