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Bury St Edmunds, Mabel of (fl. 1239–1256), embroiderer  

Kay Staniland

Bury St Edmunds, Mabel of (fl. 1239–1256), embroiderer, is known to have been an embroiderer of ecclesiastical vestments directly commissioned by Henry III in the years 1239–44. Evidence for these commissions is to be found in the close and liberate rolls in a succession of payments for work in progress, for materials, or for work completed....

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Creed, Charles Southey (1909–1966), couturier  

Edwina Ehrman

Creed, Charles Southey (1909–1966), couturier, was born on 25 May 1909 at 29 rue Singer, Paris, the third son and sixth child of Henry Creed (b. 1863), tailor, and his wife, Aimée Nathalie Josephe, née Landrin (d. 1917). The tailoring house of ...

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Garner, Thomas (1839–1906), architect and designer  

Paul Waterhouse

revised by Michael Hall

Garner, Thomas (1839–1906), architect and designer, was born at Wasperton Hill, Wasperton, Warwickshire, on 12 August 1839, the son of Thomas Garner (1795–1880), farmer, and his wife, Louisa Savage (b. c.1815). Brought up in country surroundings, he acquired as a boy a love of riding and a knowledge of horsemanship which he retained through life. In 1856, at the age of seventeen, he entered as a pupil the office of ...

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Gillow family (per. c. 1730–c. 1830), cabinet-makers and upholsterers  

Susan E. Stuart

Gillow family (per. c. 1730–c. 1830), cabinet-makers and upholsterers, came to prominence with Richard [ii] Gillow (1733–1811), the son of Robert [i] Gillow 1702/3–1772 [see below], the founder of the firm. Gillows's reputation as one of the leading British cabinet-making firms of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was established by contributions from some ten members of the family over three generations. The business was established about 1728; in 1813 probably for both economic and social reasons, the ...

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Molyneux, Edward Henry (1891–1974), couturier and art collector  

Edwina Ehrman

Molyneux, Edward Henry (1891–1974), couturier and art collector, was born at 29 Greencroft Gardens, Hampstead, London, on 5 September 1891, the only son and second child of Justin Molyneux (b. c.1864, d. in or before 1901), a commercial traveller, and his wife, ...

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Thurstan, Anna Violet (1879–1978)  

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Anna Violet Thurstan (1879–1978) by unknown photographer by kind permission of the Hypatia Trust

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Thurstan, Anna Violet [Violetta] (1879–1978), nurse and weaver  

Melissa Hardie-Budden

Thurstan, Anna Violet [Violetta] (1879–1978), nurse and weaver, was born at Claremont, Ore, Sussex, on 4 February 1879, the eldest child and only daughter of Edward Paget Thurstan (1851–1941), surgeon, and his wife, Anna, née Reid (b. 1851). Her grandfather was Joseph Thurstan (...

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Tildesley, Christopher (fl. 1384–1414), goldsmith  

Jessica Lutkin

Tildesley, Christopher (fl. 1384–1414), goldsmith, was probably born in the 1360s, but his birth date and family are unknown. He is first recorded in 1384, when he was apprenticed to a London goldsmith, John Grenefeld, on payment of 2s. to the Goldsmiths' Company...

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Walker, Catherine Marguerite Marie-Thérèse (1945–2010)  

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Catherine Marguerite Marie-Thérèse Walker (1945–2010) by Julian Calder, c.1999 © Julian Calder / Corbis

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Walker [née Baheux], Catherine Marguerite Marie-Thérèse (1945–2010), couturier  

Edwina Ehrman

Walker [née Baheux], Catherine Marguerite Marie-Thérèse (1945–2010), couturier, was born on 27 June 1945 near Boulogne, France, the younger daughter of Rémy Jean Joseph Baheux, marine engineer, and his wife, Agnès, née Lefèbvre. Following her parents' acrimonious divorce in 1949, which badly affected her, she and her brother and sister lived with their mother. In 1955 their mother married a cashmere yarn producer in ...