FAMOUS PEOPLE FROM THE MIDLANDS AND SOUTH MIDLANDS

By Tim Lambert

Click on towns in blue to read their histories

ALDWINCKLE, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE John Dryden 1631-1700

ARBURY, WARKS George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) 1819-1880

ARNOLD Richard Bonington 1801-1828 Artist

BELPER, DERBYSHIRE Tracy Shaw 1973- Actor

BIRMINGHAM

Walter Allen 1911-1995 Writer

Eileen Atkins 1934- Actor

Michael Balcon 1896-1977 Film Producer

David Bomberg 1890-1957 Artist

Gerald Brockhurst 1891-1979 Artist

Sir Edward Burne-Jones 1833-98 Artist

Jasper Carrott 1945- Comedian

Barbara Cartland 1901-1999 Writer

Neville Chamberlain 1869-1940 Prime Minister

John Curry 1949-1994 Ice skater

Edgar Guest 1881-1959 Poet

Tony Hancock 1924-1968 Comedian

Felicity Kendal 1947- Actor

Charles Onions 1873-1965 Lexicographer

Ozzy Osbourne 1948- Singer

Max Pemberton 1863-1950 Writer

William Pole 1814-1900 Engineer

Sax Rohmer 1886-1959 Writer

Joseph Shorthouse 1834-1903 Writer

Julie Walters 1950- Actor

Reex Warner 1905-1986 Writer

Steve Winwood 1948- Singer

BRIDGNORTH Gerald Berners 1883-1950 Composer

BROMSGROVE

Geoffrey Hill 1932- Poet

Laurence Housman 1865-1959 Writer

BURBAGE Roger Cotes 1682-1716 Mathematician

BURSELM

Josiah Wedgwood 1730-95 Potter

Frederick Hayward 1876-1944 Leader of Co-operative movement

BUXTON

Tim Brooke-Taylor 1942- Comedian

Lloyd Cole 1961- Singer

CANNOCK

Stan Collymore 1971- Footballer

Elgar Howarth 1935- Trumpeter

CHESTER

Russ Abbot 1947- Comedian

Sir Adrian Boult 1889-1983 Conductor

Randolph Caldecott 1846-1886 Artist

Sameul Molyneux 1689-1728 Astronomer

Richard Syne 1914-1994 Biochemist

CHESTERFIELD

Francis Firth 1822-1898 Photographer

John Hurt 1940- Actor

Sir Robert Robinson 1886-1975 Chemist

COALVILLE Kathleen Fidler 1899-1980 Writer

CODSALL, STAFFORDSHIRE Sir Charles Wheeler 1892-1974 Sculptor

CONGLETON Alan Garner 1934- Writer

COVENTRY

Laura Davies 1963- Golfer

Frank Ifield 1937- Singer

Nigel Hawthorne 1929-2001 Actor

Vince Hill 1937- Singer

Philip Larkin 1922-85 Poet

Ellen Terry 1847-1928 Actor

Sir Frank Whittle 1907-96 Co-inventor of jet engine

CROMFORD, DERBYSHIRE Alison Uttley 1884-1976 Writer

DAVENPORT, CHESHIRE Margaret Burbidge 1922- Astronomer

DAWLEY, SHROPSHIRE Matthew Webb 1848-1883 The first person to swim the English Channel

DENBY, DERBYSHIRE John Flamsteed 1646-1719 Astronomer

DERBY

Herbert Spencer 1820-1903 Sociologist

Sir William de Wivelesie Abney 1843-1920 Chemist

Richard Roberts 1943- Biologist

Joseph Wright 1734-97 Artist

DUDLEY

Charles Coulson 1910-1974 Chemist

Lenny Henry 1958- Comedian

EASTWOOD D H Lawrence 1885-1930 Writer

EAST RETFORD Catherine Gore 1799-1861 Writer

FENNY DRAYTON, LEICESTERSHIRE George Fox founder of the Quakers

GLOSSOP Vivienne Westwood 1941- Fashion Designer

HALESOWEN, WORCESTERSHIRE Leslie Bridgewater 1893-1975 Composer

HANLEY Arnold Bennett 1867-1931 Novelist

HEREFORD

David Garrick 1717-1779 Actor

Thomas Traherne 1636-1674 Poet

John Masefield 1878-1967 Poet

HINCKLEY Davy Graham 1940-2008 Guitarist

HUCKNALL Eric Coates 1886-1957 Composer

KERESLEY

Clive Owen 1964- Actor

Kevin Warwick 1954- Cyberneticist

KETTERING Alfred East 1849-1913 Artist

KIDDERMINSTER

Edward Bradley 1827-1889 Writer

Sir Rowland Hill 1795-1879 Invented the pre-paid penny stamp in 1840

LEAMINGTON SPA

Ethel Anderson 1883-1958 Writer

Terry Frost 1915-2003 Artist

LEDBURY

William Langland 1340-1400 Wrote Piers Plowman

LEICESTER

Julian Barnes 1946- Writer

Henry Bates 1825-1892 Naturalist

Graham Chapman 1941-1989 One of the Monty Python team

John Merrick 1862-1890 'The Elephant Man'

Joe Orton 1933-1967 Playwright

C P Snow 1905-1980 Writer

Sue Townsend 1946- Writer

Colin Wilson 1931- Writer

LICHFIELD

Elias Ashmole 1617-1692 Founder of Ashmolean museum in Oxford

Samuel Johnson 1709-1784 literary critic and lexicographer (dictionary writer)

LOUGHBOROUGH John Cleveland 1613-1658 Poet

LUTTERWORTH David Brightwell 1971- Footballer

LYE Sir Cedric Hardwick 1893-1964 Actor

OSWESTRY Wilfrid Owen 1893-1918 Poet

MACCLESFIELD Arthur Smith 1864-1944 Geologist

MANSFIELD

Robert Dodsley 1704-1764 Playwright

John Pye 1932- Zoologist

MANSFIELD WOODHOUSE John Ogdon 1937-1989 Composer

MARKET BOSWORTH Thomas Simpson 1710-1761 Mathematician

MARKET HARBOROUGH Jeremy Bulloch 1945- Actor

MELBOURNE Thomas Cook Pioneer travel agent

NANTWICH

David Beatty 1871-1936 Admiral

Kenneth Mather 1911-1990 Geneticist

NEWARK Sir Godfrey Hounsfield 1919-2004 Engineer

NEWCASTLE UNDER LYME Philip Astley 1742-1814 Pioneer of the circus

NORTHAMPTON

William Alwyn 1905-1985 Composer

Francis Crick 1916-2004 Biologist

NOTTINGHAM

Sir Jesse Boot 1850-1931 Retailer

William Booth 1829-1912 Founder of Salvation Army

Sir Charles Fellows 1799-1800 Archeologist

George Green 1793-1841 Mathematician

Sir Alister Hardy 1896-1985 Marine Biologist

Norman Pogson 1829-1891 Astronomer

NUNEATON

Ken Loach 1936- Film Director

Thomas Simpson 1710-1776 Mathematician

OAKHAM Titus Oates 1649-1705 Liar who invented the 'Popish plot'

PENKHULL, STAFFS Oliver Joseph Lodge Scientist

REDDITCH Charles Dance 1946- Actor

RIPLEY Barnes Wallis 1887-1979 Inventor of the bouncing bomb

RUNCORN Sir Thomas Caine 1853-1931 Writer

RUGBY

Rupert Brooke 1887-1915 Poet

Sir Joseph Lockyer 1836-1920 Astronomer

Rose Macaulay 1881-1958 Writer

Margaret Louise Woods 1856-1945 Writer

RUSHDEN Herbert Ernest Bates 1905-1974 Writer

SHUGBOROUGH STAFFS George Anson 1697-1762 Admiral

SOLIHULL

Stephanie Cox 1941- Actor

Felicity Kendal 1946- Actor

Henry Tonks 1862-1937 Artist

SHREWSBURY

John Benbow 1653-1702 Admiral

Thomas Porter Blunt 1842-1929 Scientist

Charles Burney 1726-1814 Composer

Charles Darwin 1809-1882 Scientist

STAFFORD Izaak Walton 1593-1683 Author of The Compleat Angler (1656)

STERNSHAM, WORCESTERSHIRE Samuel Butler 1612-1680 Poet

STOURBRIDGE

Anthony Bate 1934- Actor

Frank Short 1857-1945 Artist

STRATFORD UPON AVON Sir William Flower 1831-1899 Zoologist

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