Person    | Male  Born 2/9/1825  Died 25/7/1909

William Nicholson

Distiller, politician, cricket player, benefactor. Born Upper Holloway into a gin distillery family. They made Lamplighter gin at Three Mills on the River Lea. The business moved into running pubs partly through acquiring pubs that could not pay their gin bill.

Played cricket for Middlesex, 1845-69, and was a prominent member of Marylebone Cricket Club, giving them funds to purchase the freehold of Lord's and loaning funds for the erection of Lord's Pavilion. MCC changed their colours to those of the distillery. When he retired from cricket he became chairman of the family business.

Liberal MP for Petersfield in Hampshire. Died Westminster.

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William Nicholson

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William Nicholson - Doggett's

The exterior boasts (at least) two copies of this plaque, both positioned bel...

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Carnegie Hero Fund Trust

Carnegie Hero Fund Trust

From the Trust's website: "In 1886, over 20 years before the Carnegie Hero Fund was established in the UK, {Andrew} Carnegie heard about the death of a Dunfermline boy who drowned in an heroic atte...

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Emily Sparkes

Emily Sparkes

Emily Carpenter, daughter of a Bromley gamekeeper, met George Sparkes while working as his housekeeper. In 1865 she became his second wife. "He is said to have educated the lively and intelligent E...

Person, Benefactor

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Mrs Robinson

Mrs Robinson

Of St Georges' Place, Hyde Park Corner.

Person, Benefactor

1 memorial
Friends in Hampton District

Friends in Hampton District

This phrase sounds rather formal but is probably just a short way of saying "friends living in the Hampton area".

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1 memorial