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Achurch, Janet [real name Janet Sharp] (1863–1916), actress, was born at 47 Richmond Grove, Chorlton upon Medlock, Manchester, Lancashire, on 17 January 1863, the third and youngest daughter (there were also three sons) of William Prior Sharp (1824–1897), insurance agent, and his wife, ...

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Janet Achurch (1863–1916) by Barraud, 1887 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Acres, Birt (1854?–1918), film-maker, was born in Richmond, Virginia, USA, most probably on 23 July 1854, to British parents who had emigrated to America as prospective farmers. No record of his early life has been found; we know only that his father's name was ...

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Princess Alexandra, suo jure duchess of Fife (1891–1959) by Alexander Corbett, pubd 1913 © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alexandra, Princess [married name Princess Arthur of Connaught], suo jure duchess of Fife (1891–1959), nurse and granddaughter of Edward VII, was born Alexandra Victoria Alberta Edwina Louise on 17 May 1891 at East Sheen Lodge, Richmond, Surrey. She was the elder daughter and second child of ...

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Atwood, Clare [formerly Clara; Tony] (1866–1962), artist, was born on 14 May 1866 at Hermitage Cottage, Richmond, Surrey, the only daughter of Frederick Atwood, architect, and his wife, Clara Becker. Named Clara at birth, she later used the form Clare, and was also known as ...

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Austral, Florence (1892–1968), singer, was born Florence Mary Wilson on 26 April 1892 in Richmond, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria (the same suburb in which Dame Nellie Melba had been born in 1861), the daughter of a Swede, Wilhelm Lindholm, who had emigrated to ...

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Florence Austral (1892–1968), by Howard Barron, 1947

Collection of the National Portrait Gallery, Australia. https://www.portrait.gov.au/portraits/2007.52/florence-austral/ © The Estate of Howard Barron

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Banks, Sir Edward (1770–1835), builder and contractor, was born near Richmond, Yorkshire, on 4 January 1770; nothing is known of his parentage. As a young man he went to sea for two years. After returning to Yorkshire, in 1789 he became involved with the first of many construction projects, undertaking sea banking and draining in ...

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G. Le G. Norgate

revised by H. C. G. Matthew

Barttelot, Sir Walter Barttelot, first baronet (1820–1893), politician, born on 10 October 1820 at Richmond, Surrey, was the eldest son of George Barttelot (1788–1872), of Stopham House, Pulborough, Sussex, and his wife, Emma, youngest daughter of James Woodbridge of Richmond. The Barttelots were an old ...

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W. J. Lawrence

revised by C. D. Watkinson

Beverly, William Roxby (1810?–1889), scene-painter, was born at Richmond, Surrey, probably in 1810, the youngest son of William Beverly or Beverley (1764/5–1842) and his wife, Mary (1775/6–1851). The elder Beverly, a well-known actor–manager, had abandoned his own surname of Roxby on taking to the boards, to distinguish himself from his uncle ...

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Blackburne, Francis (1705–1787), Church of England clergyman and religious controversialist, was born at Richmond, Yorkshire, on 9 June 1705, the elder son of Francis Blackburne (bap. 1680?, d. 1708/9?), a businessman and alderman, and his wife, Alice (b. c.1670), the elder daughter of ...

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Blegborough, Ralph (1769–1827), physician and man-midwife, was born on 3 April 1769 at Richmond, Yorkshire, where his father, Henry Blegborough, was a surgeon. He was educated at the grammar school of his native town, and, after acting for some time as apprentice to his father, continued his medical studies first at the ...

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William Blenkiron (1807?–1871) by unknown engraver, pubd 1871 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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G. C. Boase

revised by Wray Vamplew

Blenkiron, William (1807?–1871), racehorse breeder, was born at Marrick, near Richmond, Yorkshire. His father was a Swaledale farmer but Blenkiron abandoned that pursuit and moved in 1834 to London, where he commenced business as a general agent in Wood Street, Cheapside. In 1845 he added a business manufacturing stocks and collars to his economic activities but three years later retired in favour of his son to devote his time to the breeding of racehorses....

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Blunt, Wilfrid Jasper Walter (1901–1987), teacher of art and writer, was born on 19 July 1901 at the vicarage, Ham (near Richmond, Surrey), the eldest of the three sons of the Revd (Arthur) Stanley Vaughan Blunt (1870–1929) and his wife, Hilda Violet Master (1880–1969)...

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Boyse, Edward Arthur [Ted] (1923–2007), immunologist, was born on 11 August 1923 at St Botolph's Lodge nursing home, Richmond Road, Worthing, Sussex, the son of Arthur Boyse (1859–1940), organist and choirmaster, and his wife, Dorothy Vera, née Mellersh (1888–1964). At the time of his birth registration his family lived at ...

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Bradshaw, Anthony David [Tony] (1926–2008), evolutionary biologist and restoration ecologist, was born at 214 Kew Road, Richmond, Surrey, on 17 January 1926, the youngest of three sons of Harold Chalton Bradshaw (1893–1943), architect, and his wife, Mary Norah Lupton, née Taylor (1890–1967), archaeologist. At the time of his birth registration his family lived at ...

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Brandon, Henry Vivian, Baron Brandon of Oakbrook (1920–1999), judge, was born on 3 June 1920 in St Botolph's Nursing Home, Richmond Road, Worthing, Sussex, the younger son of Captain Vivian Ronald Brandon RN and his wife, Joan Elizabeth Maud Simpson. His father was a naval officer taken prisoner of war by ...