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James Henderson and Sons

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Publishers, of Red Lion House, Red Lion Court, Fleet Street, London, E.C.

1861 James Henderson, a Scottish newspaper publisher, set up the Weekly Budget in Manchester.

Such was the Budget's success that, in 1862, Henderson transferred his offices to London where the paper's circulation continued to rise.

By 1865 it was claimed the Budget had the largest provincial circulation of any newspaper in the UK. Henderson set up offices in Red Lion Court, Fleet Street, where his publishing empire quickly began to grow. Before long he was publishing books and a wide variety of pictorial postcards as well as an increasing number of newspapers and children's journals.

1871 Henderson introduced Young Folks magazine which carried the first publication of three of Robert Louis Stevenson's novels before they became books as well as much else. The firm published a huge number of titles and employed many people who went on to careers in journalism and publishing.

Henderson's three sons all entered the family business, which was renamed James Henderson and Sons. George ran the art department while Nelson edited Pictorial Comedy magazine, among other duties, and later became chairman.

c.1900 Henderson's sons took over the business, and Henderson himself retired to Worthing.

1907 The South London Press was sold. Hendersons concentrated on publishing children's comics, tie-in books, and postcards. Among the last magazine publications by James Henderson and Sons were Lot-o-Fun (1906), Sparks (1914), and Big Comic (1915).

1910 the Weekly Budget was bought by the US magazine publisher Randolph Hearst

1914 Principals: Nelson F. Henderson and Winfred S. Henderson (Managing Directors). Publishers of Weekly Newspapers, Humorous Periodicals, Books for Boys and Girls, Magazines, Novels, Picture Post Cards, Calendars and Engravings.

1920 the magazine and comics titles were taken over by Alfred Harmsworth's Amalgamated Press.

1920 In voluntary liquidation[1]

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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 5 March 1920
  • Biography of James Henderson, ODNB