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This Page will be a list of all the famous people that we have in our database, along with a short story about them, say 40 or 50 words or so.
It will give the piece folio and page number that is used on this site, so that you can look at the transcription.
It will also give the name of the person who submitted it. If you have done [or are doing] a transcription of someone you think should be included here, please let us know.
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Why is it a famous person? The first one is a school in Rugby and about a third way down the list is RANSOME, Arthur Michael age 17 born in Leeds.

This is THE Arthur Ransome who wrote so many super children's books about The Swallows and Amazons. Great books for children, beats Harry Potter hands down !
LOL. There are quite a few [!] websites about Arthur, here are three:


The second list has his widowed mother and two sisters on. They are also in the Rugby area in 1901, living at 22 Clifton Road, Rugby. Her husband Cyril died of blood poisoning from a fish hook which he trod on while on holiday at Coniston.
Arthur had a brother, but I haven't been able to find him yet.

Arthur Ransome is no relation to me, but I loved his books so much that my copies are distinctly tatty and will never fetch enormous sums in auction. However, the school where my father taught had its own painters and decorators and the older one, Mr Creighton, claimed that he had once been Arthur's house painter in the Lake District. This was near enough for me to know someone famous, by association.

Submitted by: Malise Mcguire
On 244//89//1, Claude MONET (b. Nov. 14, 1840, Paris, Fr.--d. Dec. 5, 1926, Giverny)
French painter, initiator, leader, and unswerving advocate of the Impressionist style. He is regarded as the archetypal Impressionist in that his devotion to the ideals of the movement was unwavering throughout his long career, and it is fitting that one of his pictures--Impression: Sunrise (Musée Marmottan, Paris; 1872)--gave the group its name. Between 1899 and 1901, Monet made three trips to London, specifically to paint. He went in winter, when the city was clouded with fog and the smoke of coal fires. "Without fog," Monet said, "London would not be a beautiful city. It is the fog that gives it its magnificent breadth." From his rooms on the sixth floor of the Savoy Hotel, Monet's view up and down the Thames provided him subject matter for several series of pictures.

Submitted by: Dudley Diaper
On 425//97//41, Charles CHAPLIN aged 12 in Lambeth (Surrey) joined Fred Karno's revue, toured the USA and became the first international film star as "The Little Tramp". His comic genius and innovative film making made him arguably the most famous man in the world. He survived political and marital controversy to be knighted in 1975.
On 3275//59//4, John GOODALL aged 37 in Glossop (Derbyshire) has been described as soccer's first star player. He was a prolific goalscorer, but was also renowned for bringing the best out of others and is said to have had a knack for making very good decisions when in possession of the ball. He played at centre forward for England, and for the Preston North End team who in 1889 won the first season of the English Football League without losing a game and the FA Cup without conceding a goal.

Submitted by: Dudley Diaper
On 4287/55/26, William BAINES aged 2 in Horbury (Yorkshire) was to become a composer of piano and orchestral music but died at the early age of 23 in 1922. He is now virtually forgotten but some of his music has been recorded and I'm very fond of it. There was a short book written about him, some 20 years ago.
On 1958/32/18, Arthur G. STREET aged 8 in Ditchampton (Wilton, Wilts.) was to become popular under the name A. G. Street as a radio broadcaster and writer on agricultural subjects in the 1930s to 1950s. He was well-known in his time for his light fiction which was really a vehicle for putting forward his views on how to modernize farming. The most famous was a book called "Farmer's Glory". He spent some time in Canada but ended up back in Wiltshire. I think he died in the 1970s.

Submitted by: Tony Woodward

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