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John Derby Allcroft (1822–1893) by Sir Francis Grant, 1873 photograph by courtesy Sotheby's Picture Library, London

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Allcroft, John Derby (1822–1893), glove manufacturer and entrepreneur, was born in Worcester on 19 July 1822, only son and elder child of Jeremiah Macklin Allcroft (1791–1867), who was a partner in the glove manufacturing firm of J. and W. Dent & Co. His mother, ...

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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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Bellers, John (1654–1725), political economist and cloth merchant, was probably born in Philpot Lane, near Gracechurch Street, London, the eldest of three children of Francis Bellers (1616–1679), merchant and Quaker, and his wife, Mary Read. His father was from Alcester, Warwickshire, and, besides accumulating substantial wealth as a merchant and trader after his migration to ...

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Bunting, John (1839–1923), sharebroker and cotton spinner, was born on 28 December 1839 at Carrington Field, Stockport, the son of John Bunting (1806–1853), a brick maker, and his wife, Kerenhappuch, née Hill. He grew up in the new railway town of Crewe, attended a private school in the village of ...

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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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Greg, Robert Hyde (1795–1875), cotton manufacturer and economist, born at 35 King Street, Manchester, on 24 September 1795, was son of Samuel Greg (1758–1834), founder of the Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Cheshire, and brother of William Rathbone Greg and Samuel Greg [see under...

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Holden, Sir Isaac, first baronet (1807–1897), inventor of a wool-combing machine, entrepreneur, and politician, was born on 7 May 1807 at Hurlet, near Paisley, the seventh child of Isaac Holden (d. 1826) and his wife, Alice, née Forrest. His father, a native of ...

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Sir (Edward) Raymond Streat (1897–1979) by Elliott & Fry, 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Streat, Sir (Edward) Raymond (1897–1979), cotton trade administrator, was born on 7 February 1897 at 2 Brunswick Terrace, Prestwich, Lancashire, the fifth of the six children of Edward Streat (1856–1918), a commercial traveller, and his first wife, Helen (Nellie) Wallis (1859–1908). His father, who was born in ...

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Strutt [née Woollat], Elizabeth (1729–1774), wife and business associate of Jedediah Strutt, was born at Findern, near Derby, of an established family. The Woollats were members of the Findern congregation of Ebenezer Latham (1688?–1754), then proprietor of a large nonconformist academy, and they may have boarded its pupils; certainly in the early 1740s they provided lodgings for ...