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date: 21 October 2019

Siddeley, John Davenport, first Baron Kenilworthlocked

(1866–1953)
  • Steven Morewood

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Siddeley, John Davenport, first Baron Kenilworth (1866–1953), manufacturer of motor vehicles and aero-engines, was born on 5 August 1866 at Cheadle Hulme, the eldest son of William Siddeley and Elizabeth, née Davenport. He was no academic, and left school to work in his father's business as an apprentice hosier. The meagre rewards led him to enrol in evening classes, where he developed his mechanical acumen to the extent that in 1885 he began designing bicycles. On 9 March 1893 he married ...

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