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  • Annie Louisa Swynnerton (1844 - 1933)
    GRO Births index ROBINSON, ANNIE LOUISA Mother's maiden name SANDERSON GRO Reference: 1844 M Quarter in CHORLTON Volume 20 Page 303
  • Ken Dodd, OBE (1927 - 2018)
    Sir Kenneth Arthur Dodd, OBE (8 November 1927 – 11 March 2018) was an English comedian, singer-songwriter and actor, identified by his unruly hair and protruding teeth, his red, white and blue "ticklin...
  • Michael Leonard Williams, KSG (1935 - 2001)
    Michael Williams KSG From Wikipedia: Early life and career Born in Liverpool, Lancashire, he attended St. Edward's College and worked as an insurance assessor before going into the theatre. His...
  • Keith Chegwin (1957 - 2017)
    Keith Chegwin From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Keith Chegwin Born 17 January 1957 Walton, Liverpool, England Died 11 December 2017 (aged 60) Shropshire, England Other names Chegger...
  • Robert Morris, Jr., Signer of the "Declaration of Independence" (1734 - 1806)
    Robert Morris, Jr. (January 20, 1734 – May 8, 1806) was a British-born American merchant, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitutio...

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  • John Barbirolli Born in London in 1899 - Cellist and conductor of Manchester's Halle orchestra from 1943 until 1970
  • Cilla Black, OBE (born Priscilla Maria Veronica White, 27 May 1943 in Liverpool) is an English singer, actress, entertainer and media personality.
  • Alfie Boe Alfred Giovanni Roncalli Boe, 1973 in Fleetwood, Lancashire. Actor and singer
  • Matt Busby. Matt Busby was born in Lanarkshire in 1909 and played for Manchester City and Liverpool in the 1920s and 1930s. After becoming manager of Manchester United


  • Barbara Castle - was born in Bradford in 1911 - Labour MP represented the same Lancashire constituency for 35 years
  • John Cropper (1797–1876) was a British philanthropist and abolitionist.


  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - author of the Sherlock Holmes books - went to school at Stonyhurst College, Hurst Green.



  • Kathleen Mary Ferrier born 22 April 1912 in Higher Walton, Lancashire - Pianist
  • Dame Gracie Fields (1898-1979) Born Grace Stansfield in Rochdale on the 9th of January 1898, as Gracie Fields she was to become much adored by British audiences in the 1930s and 1940s and a virtual legend in her own lifetime.
  • Andrew Flintoff b 6 Dec 1977 Cricketer
  • George Formby (1904-1961) Born in Westminster Street in Wigan, the eldest of seven sons, George Formby was christened William Booth. His father James had been a well known music hall comedian who also used the stage name George Formby


  • Liam and Noel Gallagher from the popular band 1990s British band “Oasis” were born in Manchester England.


  • George Harrison George Harrison MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician, singer, and songwriter who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.
  • Sir Rex Harrison Actor, My Fair Lady. Born in 1908 in Lancashire, England, Reginald Carey Harrison changed his name to Rex as a young boy





  • Linda La Plante born 15 March 1946 Formby
  • John Lennon John Ono Lennon MBE (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the Beatles
  • Julian Lennon Musician -John Charles Julian Lennon was born in Liverpool, England. He is the only child of John Lennon, a founding member of The Beatles, and his first wife Cynthia.
  • Lawrence Stephen Lowry L S Lowry - artist was born in Rusholme, Manchester in November 1887, the only child of Robert Stephen McAll Lowry and Elizabeth Lowry (née Hobson).


  • Paul McCartney Sir James Paul McCartney MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, and his collaboration with Lennon is one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th century.
  • Ian McKellen Actor, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire.
  • Eric Morecombe (1926-1984) b Morecombe - Comedian





  • Anthony Quayle (1913-1989) b Ainsdale - English Actor and Director


  • Alan Rawsthorne born on 2 May, 1905 in Haslingden, Lancashire, he was a musical composer.
  • Frederick Henry Royce was born in Huntingdonshire in 1863 and set up his own business in Cooke Street, Hulme in 1884, making domestic electric fittings. In the 1890's he started making arc lamps and dynamos, and then decided to manufacture his own automobiles, known as Royces. After a meeting with the entrepreneur Charles Stewart Rolls at the Midland Hotel in Manchester in 1904, the firm of 'Rolls-Royce' came into being.


  • Lesley Sharp (born i1964) is an English stage, film and television actress, particularly well known for her variety of British television roles including Clocking Off, Bob & Rose and afterlife. (Who do you Think you Are? - 14 August 2013)
  • Ringo Starr Richard Starkey MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles.
  • George Stephenson. George Stephenson, born near Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1781, was already famous for making steam locomotives when he was appointed as the engineer for the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1826.





  • Sir William Walton (1902-1983) William Walton was born on the 29 March 1902 at 93, Werneth Hall Road, Oldham, Lancashire, into a musical family. Celebrated composer.
  • Alfred Waterhouse (1830-1905) A renowned English architect, who was responsible for many of Manchester's great civic buildings, including Manchester Town Hall. Waterhouse was born in Liverpool and was educated at the Grove School in Tottenham, London. As a young architect he spent many of his early years travelling in Europe and studying in France, Italy and Germany.
  • Russell Watson (Born 1967) Russell Watson born in the Salford area of Manchester in 1967. The only son of a working class family he grew up in the suburbs of Manchester

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