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G. J. Holyoake

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Edmondson, Thomas (1792–1851), inventor of ticket-printing machinery, was born at Lancaster on 30 June 1792. The son of Quaker parents, John and Jane Edmondson, trunk manufacturers, he was a brother of George Edmondson. He was educated at Ackworth School, Yorkshire, a Quaker institution. In his youth he displayed great aptitude for mechanical invention; and his mother, seeing that he could never be kept out of mischief, taught him knitting to keep him quiet and useful. He became a journeyman cabinet-maker with the firm of ...


Tangye, Sir Richard (1833–1906), machine tool manufacturer and engineer, born at Broad Lane, Illogan, Cornwall, on 24 November 1833, was the fifth son in a family of six sons and three daughters of Joseph Tangye, a Quaker Cornish miner of Redruth (who afterwards became a small shopkeeper and farmer there), and his wife, ...