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Blundell, Peter (c. 1520–1601), clothier and philanthropist, was born in Tiverton, Devon, of humble parentage. As a boy he saw the little community freed from the dominance of the Courtenay earls of Devon, and he lived to see it, untrammelled by either civic or industrial regulation, and somewhat encouraged by the protestant ethic, enter a period of considerable growth and prosperity based on the manufacture of kerseys, the woollen cloths in which the town and its immediate hinterland specialized. Whether the young ...

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Goodchild, John (1697–1756), linen draper and philanthropic society administrator, was born early in the year 1697. Nothing is recorded of his parents but he had a brother Thomas who was a purveyor of dairy produce to the royal household. John Goodchild was described as a gentleman of the parish of ...

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Sieff, Marcus Joseph, Baron Sieff of Brimpton (1913–2001), retailer, was born on 2 July 1913 at 8 Belfield Road, Didsbury, Manchester, the younger surviving son and second of three surviving children of Israel Moses Sieff, Baron Sieff (1889–1972), and his wife, Rebecca Dora, ...

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Ziff, (Israel) Arnold (1927–2004), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 31 January 1927 at 28 Grange Avenue, Chapeltown, Leeds, the only son of Max Ziff (d. 1954), a boot manufacturer and retailer, and his wife, Annie, née Gilston. His family had moved to ...