Person    | Male  Born 15/7/1865  Died 14/8/1922

Alfred Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe

Categories: Journalism / Publishing

Countries: Ireland

Born near Dublin. As a keen cyclist (on a penny-farthing) Harmsworth was submitting freelance articles to the cycle press in the 1880s. In 1886 he was editing Bicycling News.  With his brother Harold Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere, he entered the world of newspaper publishing: turning the almost bankrupt Evening News into a huge success and then starting the Daily Mail. Alfred also started the Daily Mirror.

It was through the Daily Mail that Northcliffe offered the prize for the first aviator to cross the English Channel, won by Louis Bleriot the following year.  Diamond Geezer has seen the unusual memorial to his landing in Dover.

Before receiving his title he said: "When I want a peerage I will buy one, like an honest man". Died at home at 1 Carlton Gardens.

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Alfred Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe

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Lord Northcliffe - Hampstead

Alfred Harmsworth, Lord Northcliffe, 1865 - 1922, newspaper founder and edito...

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St Dunstans - Lord Northcliffe

Unveiled in 1930 by Lord Riddell.

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Daily Mirror newspaper

Daily Mirror newspaper

Tabloid newspaper.  Created by Alfred Harmsworth, initially as a paper for women by women but the following year he changed it to be a picture paper with a male editor and he fired all the female j...

Group, Journalism / Publishing

1 memorial
George Lansbury

George Lansbury

Born Suffolk. Member of the Poplar Borough Council 1903 - 1940, Mayor 1919 - 20 & 1936 - 37.  Member of Parliament, Minister of the Crown, Privy Councillor. Leader of the Labour Party 1932 - 35...

Person, Journalism / Publishing, Politics & Administration, Social Welfare

7 memorials
A. Macmillan & Co.

A. Macmillan & Co.

Publishing firm created by Alexander MacMillan.

Group, Journalism / Publishing

1 memorial
John Newbery

John Newbery

Publisher who was the first to be successful with books for children. Born Berkshire. Died at home in St Paul's Churchyard. In the absense of a picture of Newbery himself we are showing one of his...

Person, Children, Journalism / Publishing

1 memorial
Hubert Carr-Gomm

Hubert Carr-Gomm

Politician and publisher.  Hubert William Culling Carr-Gomm was born on 20 June 1877 in Palamcottah, Madras, India, (now Palayamkottai) and he was also baptised there on 19 August 1877. He was the...

Person, Journalism / Publishing, Politics & Administration, India, Spain

1 memorial