He was born in Soho, London, where he lived most of his life, and was son to a hosier and his wife, both Dissenters.
Pepper continued as a director of the corporation through 1872 after being replaced as mill agent by Nottingham hosier Everard H. Martin.
In 1764 it was recorded as being in ‘Lierlian Street, commonly called Stramongate'. It passed into the hands of the hosier , Thomas Crewdson and in 1792 it was rebuilt and set back to its present position.
Tingey believed that, until 1449, only mercers had been permitted to hold the Norwich mayoralty; in fact a hosier was mayor in 1415 and a butcher in 1422.
Blake was born above a hosier 's shop in Soho in London at 7.45 pm on a November evening in 1757.
While attempts in England were made to power the hand frame, innovation was slowed by the huge capital investment of leading hosiers who owned and rented hand frames to low-paid British frame workers.
In 1830, Bazin's invention was still at Ipswich and the inventor still dreamed of perfecting it so he could sell his patent rights to English hosiers .
The guild, which is mentioned in records as early as 1386 but could have been established before that date, was set-up as a kind of trade union to represent tailors, drapers and hosiers .
His first horse-driven factory was established at Nottingham to supply Midland hosiers in partnership with Samuel Need and Jedediah Strutt of Derby.