Ivy Williams

Ivy Williams (7 September 1877 – 18 February 1966) was the first woman to be called to the English bar in 1922. The daughter of a solicitor, she also had a barrister brother who died during the Great War. She completed her studies at the Society of Oxford Home Students, passed all her exams by […]

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Robert Whytt

Robert Whytt (6 September 1714 – 15 April 1766) was a pioneering Scottish physician and natural philosopher who worked during the Scottish Enlightenment. After studying medicine both in Edinburgh and London, he returned to Edinburgh and became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 1738. He demonstrated the importance of the […]

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John Wisden

John Wisden (5 September 1826 – 5 April 1884) was an all-round cricketer who played mainly for the county of Sussex from the mid-1840s and was part of a then famous All-England eleven. He developed business interests alongside his playing career, running at times a cricket-equipment shop, a cricket and cigar shop, teaching cricket at […]

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John Rowntree

John Rowntree (4 September 1868 – 9 March 1905) was the eldest son of the Quaker chocolate and cocoa manufacturer Joseph Rowntree. He entered his father’s York cocoa works at 18, reorganised them, and became a partner, then director before the age of 30. Against the wishes of his father, he brought in a new […]

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Naomi Lewis

Naomi Lewis (3 September 1911 – 5 July 2009) was a poet and literary critic noted for her translations of children’s books, most especially Hans Christian Andersen. Inspired to write at an early age, she taught poetry appreciation and creative writing for forty years. Winning a New Statesman literary competition led her to be invited […]

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Bill Shankly

Bill Shankly (2 September 1913 – 29 September 1981) was a Scottish football manager and footballer remembered as manager of Liverpool. A former miner, he was the youngest of five footballing sons, playing most notably for Preston North End from 1933 to 1949. He turned to football management, firstly at Carlisle United, before eventually joining […]

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Violet Carson

Violet Carson (1 September 1898 – 26 December 1983) was an English actress most well-known for her portrayal of Ena Sharples in Coronation Street. She learned the piano as a child, forming the Carson Sisters with her sister Nellie and as a teenager became a cinema pianist accompanying silent films. From 1935 she began a […]

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