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Little Shelford historical people

This section about historical people with Little Shelford links include:


Tom Bacon who created the fuel cell for the Apollo 11 moon rocket at his home in Little Shelford.


Arthur Dunn was one of the last amateurs to captain the England football team.


Edward Maitland, from Little Shelford,  was on the first airship flight across the Atlantic in 1919.


Sid Dockerill won the DCM (distinguished conduct medal) twice during World War One for leading a bayonet charge on The Somme.


The grave of a Little Shelford soldier has become a shrine in India.


Thomas Blossom, who was one of the founding fathers of America, was born in Little Shelford in 1580.


James Meade was the winner of the 1977 Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences.

See old photos of Little Shelford people across history here.

The historical people featured in this section include:​

Read about modern-day well-known people in Little Shelford

Arthur Melbourne Cooper was a British photographer and early filmmaker best known for his pioneering work in stop-motion animation.


He ran a cinema in Albans.


The 1939 census shows he was then living in Newton Road, Little Shelford.


Arthur produced over 300 films between 1896 and 1915, of which over 30 were animated. These include Dreams of Toyland, Dolly’s Toys, as well as Matches: An Appeal.

Initially it was believed they were created in 1914.

However, research has now dated the films to 1899 making three of Cooper’s films the first animated films in the world to be shown in public.


Other sections on the Little Shelford history website

The first history book about Little Shelford

Little Shelford's historical photos

Little Shelford's historical buildings

Famous people from Little Shelford's history

The history of Little Shelford

The archaeology of Little Shelford

Little Shelford in World War One

Old maps featuring Little Shelford

Old censuses from Little Shelford

Family trees with Little Shelford connections

Graveyard inscriptions from Little Shelford

Historical memories from Little Shelford

Historical stories from Little Shelford

Memories of old Little Shelford

The story of Little Shelford's village sign

Books about Little Shelford's history

Little Shelford's historical heritage trail

Other sources of information about Little Shelford's history

About Little Shelford and its history

The Little Shelford Local History Society

Website contact details

Other sister community websites

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