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Acton, Sir Robert (b. before 1497, d. 1558), saddler and member of parliament  

Maria Hayward

Acton, Sir Robert (b. before 1497, d. 1558), saddler and member of parliament, was born into a family of Worcestershire gentry, the son of Richard Acton of Sutton and his wife, Margery Dore. How he obtained an entrée to the royal court is unknown, but by 22 October 1518 he was a groom of the chamber, subsequently becoming a page (1526) and a gentleman usher (1528). More important to his advancement, however, was his marriage, by May 1528, to ...

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Banting, William Westbrook (1857–1932), undertaker  

David Banting

Banting, William Westbrook (1857–1932), undertaker, was born on 8 November 1857 at 24 Ladbroke Square, Kensington, London, the third of seven children of William Banting (1826–1901) and his wife, Mary (1833–1906), daughter of Richard Thomas Pugh, gentleman. He was baptized on 10 June 1858 at the parish church of ...

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Bickford, William (bap. 1774, d. 1834), currier and inventor of the safety fuse  

Ronald M. Birse

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Bickford, William (bap. 1774, d. 1834), currier and inventor of the safety fuse, was baptized in Ashburton, Devon, on 23 January 1774, the son of William and Mary Beckford. He was in business as a currier, dressing and colouring tanned leather, first rather unsuccessfully in ...

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Bracken, Henry (bap. 1697, d. 1764), writer on farriery and surgeon  

Max Satchell

Bracken, Henry (bap. 1697, d. 1764), writer on farriery and surgeon, was baptized on 31 October 1697 at St Mary, Lancaster, the son of Henry Bracken, a local innkeeper who held a number of minor offices with the Lancaster corporation. After a grammar-school education at ...

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Bramah [Bramma], Joseph (1749–1814), engineer and inventor of locks  

Christopher F. Lindsey

Bramah [Bramma], Joseph (1749–1814), engineer and inventor of locks, was born on 2 April 1749 at Stainborough Lane Farm, near Barnsley, Yorkshire; he was the second son in the family of three sons and two daughters of Joseph Bramma (1713–1800), a farmer, and his wife, ...

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Caley, George (1770–1829), farrier and botanist  

Anne Secord

Caley, George (1770–1829), farrier and botanist, was born on 10 June 1770 in Craven, Yorkshire, the oldest son of William Caley, horse dealer, and Martha Norbury. His parents were married in Manchester in February 1770 but moved to Yorkshire before Caley's birth. After several years, they moved to ...

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Chubb, Charles (1772–1846)  

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Chubb, Charles (1772–1846), locksmith  

Rhona Mitchell

Chubb, Charles (1772–1846), locksmith, was born on 16 January 1772, probably at Fordingbridge, Hampshire, the third child of Charles Chubb. He had twelve brothers and sisters, with one of whom, Jeremiah Chubb (1790–1847), born on 10 June 1790, Charles was to set up in business. He served an apprenticeship as a blacksmith and moved to ...

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Chubb, John (1815–1872), locksmith  

Rhona Mitchell

Chubb, John (1815–1872), locksmith, was born on 13 November 1815, in Portsea, the eleventh child of Charles Chubb (1772–1846), locksmith, and his wife, Maria Hayter. He served as a locksmith apprentice between about 1829 and 1835 and went into partnership with his father in the company ...

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Clater, Francis (bap. 1754?, d. 1823)  

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Francis Clater (bap. 1754?, d. 1823), by Thomas Clater

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Clater, Francis (bap. 1754?, d. 1823), farrier and veterinary writer  

Sherwin A. Hall

Clater, Francis (bap. 1754?, d. 1823), farrier and veterinary writer, may have been the son of John and Mary Claytor who was baptized at St Peter's, Nottingham, on 14 April 1754. He described himself in the preface to his first work as '...

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Clough, Joseph Alan [Joe] (1885–1976)  

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Joseph Clough (1885–1976), by Kinghams Studios, c. 1912

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Clough, Joseph Alan [Joe] (1885–1976), bus and taxi driver  

John H. Davis

Clough, Joseph Alan [Joe] (1885–1976), bus and taxi driver, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on 10 November 1885, the son of Edward James Clough, foreman tramway conductor. After the early loss of both his parents he was employed as a stable-hand by a Scottish medical practitioner in ...

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Clover, Joseph (1725–1811), veterinary surgeon and farrier  

Gordon Goodwin

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Clover, Joseph (1725–1811), veterinary surgeon and farrier, son of a blacksmith, was born in Norwich on 12 August 1725. He benefited from some early schooling and learned his trade working alongside his father. When he was seventeen his father died and Joseph took over the family business, providing support for his mother and three siblings. About 1750 he attracted the notice of ...

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Crapper, Thomas (bap. 1836, d. 1910), plumber  

Anita McConnell

Crapper, Thomas (bap. 1836, d. 1910), plumber, was born at Thorne, Yorkshire, and baptized on 28 September 1836 at St Nicholas's Church, Thorne, the fourth of five sons of Charles Crapper, steamboat captain, and his wife, Sarah. The claim that, aged eleven, he walked the ...

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Crapper, Thomas (bap. 1836, d. 1910)  

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Thomas Crapper (bap. 1836, d. 1910) by Edith Bertha Crapper V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London