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Berry, James (1852–1913), hangman, was born at Heckmondwike, Yorkshire, on 8 February 1852, one of the large family of Daniel Berry, a woolstapler, and Mary Ann Berry (née Kelley), both Wesleyan Methodists. He attended Heckmondwike day school and a boarding-school, Wrea Green Academy...


Turner, Merfyn Lloyd (1915–1991), penal reformer and author, was born on 20 October 1915 in Pen-y-graig, Rhondda, Glamorgan, the third of four children of Edward Godfrey Turner (1873–1954) and his wife, Lizzie Violet, née Lloyd (1889–1979). The family's first language was Welsh. Turner's...


Thomas Wright (1789–1875) by George Frederic Watts, c. 1850–51 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Wright, Thomas (1789–1875), prison visitor, was born in Manchester, of a Scottish father and Manchester mother, on 20 September 1789. He had two sisters, one of whom died young and one outlived him. Wright was educated at a Wesleyan Sunday school and was apprenticed at the age of fifteen to the ...