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First printed bible in English

James Nicholson, a printer residing at St Thomas' Hospital was granted a license by Henry VIII to print the New Testament in Latin and in English and it was printed in 1537. However it's not clear to us that this was the first bible printed in English since, we've read, that the Coverdale Bible (with both Testaments) was printed in 1535 somewhere on mainland Europe (Antwerp, Zurich, Cologne or Marburg). It's a complicated story since Tyndall (who is credited with the English translation) went to Germany and worked with Coverdale. Our picture is of Matthew's Bible also printed in 1537 (we told you it was complicated).

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First printed bible in English

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St Thomas' Hospital and bible

Historic Southwark Site of St Thomas' Hospital, 1225 - 1865. The first print...

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First Baron Aberconway

First Baron Aberconway

Politician. Born Charles Benjamin Bright McLaren in Edinburgh. He began his career in journalism before turning to the law. Elected as an M.P. in 1880. Member of the Privy Council. Became Baron Abe...

Person, Industry, Journalism / Publishing, Law, Politics & Administration, Scotland, Wales

1 memorial
William Caxton

William Caxton

Probably born Tenterden, Kent. Printer, in 1474, producing the first book printed in English "The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye". Died Westminster.

Person, Craft / Design, Journalism / Publishing

3 memorials
Beckenham Journal

Beckenham Journal

Newspaper. Started as a 24 page monthly publication costing 1d (about 0.5p). In 1881 it was taken over by Tom William Thornton, who published it weekly. Became a campaigning vehicle which informed ...

Media, Journalism / Publishing

1 memorial