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George Newnes Co

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George Newnes Ltd, of Southampton St, Strand, London (1903)

Publishing company formed by George Newnes

1891 Formation of George Newnes (Limited) to take over the publishing company established by George Newnes; the shares were available only to employees, newsagents and those connected with the magazine trade; one of the first publishers to gain a stock market quotation

1897 the company was restructured; Newnes was appointed permanent governing director.

1897 Published Country Life Magazine

1898 Published Woman's Life, the first women's weekly magazine, and the World-Wide Magazine.

1920 There had been a loose arrangement with C. A. Pearson for some years; formation of joint venture Newnes and Pearson Printing Co to improve the printing facilities of the 2 companies[1]

1921 Formalisation of working arrangement with C. A Pearson to bring the 2 companies closer together

1929 The 3 companies, Newnes, Pearsons and Country Life, were consolidated by Newnes purchasing the outstanding shares not already owned[2]

By 1936 W. N. and L. Collingridge (sic), publisher of Amateur Gardening, was also a subsidiary[3]

1949 Acquired a substantial interest in Temple Press[4]

1959 Odhams Press acquired George Newnes[5]

In the early 1960s, Newnes was acquired by the Mirror Group Newspapers, along with the Odhams Press and Amalgamated Press; the three companies were merged to form International Publishing Corporation (IPC).

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Mar 09, 1921
  2. The Times, Jul 16, 1929
  3. The Times Jun 26, 1936
  4. The Times, Sep 06, 1949
  5. The Times, Jun 19, 1959
  • Motoring Annual and Motorist’s Year Book 1903