FAMOUS PEOPLE FROM NORTH WEST ENGLAND

By Tim Lambert

Click on towns in blue to read their histories

ACCRINGTON Harrison Birtwhistle 1934- Composer

ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE Dawn Acton 1977- Actress

BACUP Betty Jackson 1949- Fashion designer

BIRKENHEAD

Edward Bevan 1856-1921 Chemist

Sir Lewis Casson 1875-1969 Actor

Glenda Jackson 1937- Actress

Norman Thelwell 1923-2004 Cartoonist

BLACKBURN

John Morley 1838-1923 Writer

Steve Pemberton 1967- Actor

BLACKPOOL Michael Smith 1932- Chemist

BOLTON

Samuel Crompton 1752-1827 Inventor of the spinning mule (1779)

William Lassell 1799-1880 Astronomer

Viscount Leverhulme 1851-1925 Industrialist

Thomas Marin 1872-1953 Artist

BURY

Richmal Crompton 1890-1969 Writer

Sir Robert Peel 1788-1850 Founded the first modern police force and was twice Prime minister

Nikki Sanderson 1986- Actress

BURNLEY Sir Ian McKellan 1939- Actor

CARLISLE

Bernard Barton 1784-1849 Poet

William Best 1829-1897 Musician

Samuel Bough 1822-1878 Artist

Mandell Crieghton 1843-1901 Historian

Margaret Forster 1938- Writer

COCKERMOUTH William Wordsworth 1770-1850 Poet

CHORLEY

Sir Norman Haworth 1883-1950 Chemist

Henry Tate 1819-1899 Businessman and founder of the Tate Gallery

CLIFTON, CUMBRIA John 'Iron Mad' Wilkinson 1728-1808 Industrialist

DALTON IN FURNESS George Romney 1734-1802 Artist

ECCLES

Robert Ainsworth 1660-1743 Lexicographer

Sydney Chapman 1888-1970 Mathematician

HEYWOOD, LANCASHIRE Julie Goodyear 1943- Actor

HIGHER WALTON, LANCASHIRE Kathleen Farrier 1912-1953 Singer

KENDAL Sir Arthur Edington 1882-1944 Astronomer

KESWICK Sara Coleridge 1802-1852 Writer

Eliz Lynn Linton 182-1898 Writer

LANCASTER

Laurence Binyon 1869-1943 Poet

Henry Cort 1740-1800 Inventor

Sir John Fleming 1849-1945 Electronic engineer

Sir richard Owen 1804-1892 Biologist

William Whewell 1794-1866 Philosopher

LIVERPOOL

Beryl Bainbridge 1934- Writer

Alan Bleasdale 1946- Writer

Charles Booth 1840-1916 Famous for surveys of poverty

Beryl Bainbridge 1934- Writer

Cilla Black 1943- Singer

Craig Charles 1964- Actor

John Conway 1937- Mathematician

Elvis Costello 1955- Singer

Kenny Everett 1944-1995 Comedian

William Gladstone 1809-98 Prime minister 4 times

Sir Richard Glazebrook 1854-1935 Physicist

George Harrison 1943-

Lynda La Plante 1946- Writer

Sir Paul McCartney 1942-

Nicholas Monsarrat 1910-1979 Writer

Ringo Starr 1940-

George Stubbs 1724-1806 Artist

MANCHESTER

William Ainsworth 1805-82 Writer

John Alcock 1892-1919 With Arthur Whitten Brown flew the Atlantic in 1919

Tom Baker 1934- Actor

Anthony Burgess 1917-93 Writer

Frances Hodgson Burnett 1849-1924 Writer

Samuel Clegg 1781-1861 Inventor

Les Dawson 1931-1993 Comedian

Thomas De Quincy 1785-1859 Writer

Roger Fenton 1819-11869 Photographer

Sir Norman Foster 1935- Architect

David Lloyd George 1863-1945 Prime minister 1916-1922

Sir Arthur Harden 1865-1940 Biochemist

Ian Hay 1876-1952 Writer

John Ireland 1879-1962 Composer

L S Lowry 1887-1976 Artist

Emmeline Pankhurst 1858-1928 Campaigned for women's right to vote

John Thaw 1942-2002 Actor

MIDDLETON Steve Coogan 1965- Actor

OLDHAM Eric Sykes 1923- Comedian

ORMSKIRK Sir James Jeans 1877-1946 Astronomer

PRESTON

Richard Arkwright 1732-92 Inventor of Spinning Mule (1779)

Roy Barraclough 1935- Actor

Angela Brazil 1868-1947 Writer

Eddie Calvert 1922-1978 Trumpeter

John Inman 1935- Comedy actor

John Lawton 1943- Ecologist

Helen Lemmens-Sherrington 1834-1906 Singer

Peter Purves 1939- TV presenter

Francis Thompson 1859-1907 Poet

ROCHDALE

G H Elliott 1884-1962 Singer

Gracie Fields 1898-1979 Singer

SALFORD

Shelagh Delaney 1939- Playwright

Albert Finney 1936- Actor

Walter Greenwood 1903-1974 Writer

James Joule 1818-1889 Scientist

Mike Leigh 1943- Film Director

Ewan MacColl 1915-1989 Singer/songwriter

William Webb Ellis 1806-72 Inventor of Rugby

SOUTHPORT

Anne Howells 1941- Opera Singer

Miranda Richardson 1958- Actress

William Rimmer 1862-1936 Composer

Stanley Runcorn 1922-1995 Geophysicist

Edmund Whittaker 1873-1956 Mathematician

ST HELENS

Sir Thomas Beecham 1879-1961 Composer

John Draper 1811-1882 Chemist

John Rylands 1801-88 Industrialist

STOCKPORT

Sir George Back 1796-1878 Explorer

Sir Horace Lamb 1849-1934 Mathematician

Sir Joseph Whitworth 1803-1887 Engineer

THORNTON, BRADFORD Charlotte Bronte 1816-55 Novelist

TOXTETH Jeremiah Horrocks 1619-1641 Astronomer

ULVERSTON Stan Laurel 1890-1965 Comedian

WIGAN

George Formby 1904-1961 Entertainer

Davinia Taylor 1977- Actress

WESTWARD, WIGTON, CUMBRIA Sir William Bragg 1862-1942 Scientist

WIGTON, CUMBRIA Melvyn Bragg 1939- Writer

WINDERMERE Arthur Somervell 1863-1937 Composer

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