Whitehaven News Centenary Book



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Printed and Published
by
The Whitehaven News Limited
at their head office and works at the corner of
Queen Street and Roper Street, Whitehaven
in the County of Cumberland
July, 1952

Contents

COMPILER'S NOTE.................................................vi
FOREWORD...........................................................vii
PROLOGUE............................................................ 1
PHASE I, 1852-1878.............................................. 3
INTERLUDE, 1829-1905......................................... 11
PHASE II, 1878-1918............................................. 13
PHASE III, 1918-1952............................................ 44
EPILOGUE.............................................................. 74
LIST OF DIRECTORS AND MEMBERS, 1952.............. 77
MESSAGES FROM OTHER EDITORS.......................... 78

Compiler's Note

This unpretentious work does not set out to cover a century of newspaper history; a much wider and more comprehensive survey would be necessary.

It does, however, attempt to portray the leading characters who have moulded the history of 'The Whitehaven News", and have, over the years, reflected themselves in its mind and face. The reader of these pages will, it is hoped, agree that, through the many trials and vicissitudes through which the newspaper has passed, they shine with consistent, perhaps unusual brilliance. They can be admired, above all, for their faith in the ultimate future of that which they strove to build, and for the high standards which they set for themselves in their profession and craft. It has been rightly said that newspapers reflect the characters of the men who make them - they can no more conceal themselves than an artist behind his brush.

The broader trends and incidents mentioned are recorded because newspapers, although well edited and produced, can easily fail through lack of public support. These attributes must be allied to favourable upward trends in population and economic conditions and to a consistently expanding readership.

In the Third Phase of this outline of history these conditions were gradually developed, and, in them, 'The Whitehaven News' expanded and prospered on the firm foundations laid by the grand "Old Guard".

Foreword

As Chairman of 'The Whitehaven News Limited' I take considerable pride and satisfaction in writing the foreword to this brief outline of a century of the newspaper's history.

For one thing, my family have been closely associated with the fortunes of the paper for over seventy years and have, therefore, been intimately connected with the development of the undertaking, and particularly with the character of the men who have taken a leading part in its production.

The Provincial Newspaper Press takes justifiable pride in the contribution which it has consistently made in the history of the development of the newspapers of Great Britain. The function it now performs is becoming increasingly recognised by the newspaper world and also particularly by those who are constant readers of our newspapers.

County weekly newspapers have marked out for themselves an important place in the life of the people. They handle items of news which cannot adequately be dealt with, except in special circumstances, by the great national daily press. Consequently they have become very intimate in the home life of the people, and I am confident that they will continue to serve a very useful purpose in the life of their respective areas.

We celebrate the centenary of 'The Whitehaven News' therefore, with considerable depth of feeling, and with the hope that for many decades we will continue to forge many vital links in the life of the community.

(signed) James McGowan.


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