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Iliffe and Dawson

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1884. From Kelly’s Directory of Worcestershire

Printers and newspaper publishers, of 18 Smithford Street, Coventry

Mr Iliffe founded a stationery, wallpaper, and printing business.

This venture's early success ensured that the Iliffes soon became pillars of the local community.

Iliffe's son, William, saw that late Victorian Coventry was at the heart of a revolution in engineering, and thus the ideal place from which to pioneer specialist transport magazines intended for a mass market.

1878 Published The Cyclist, which was so successful that it absorbed two rivals and moved to London as Bicycling News.

1879 Relaunched a moribund weekly, the Coventry Times

1888 Partnership dissolved[1]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Oct. 3, 1888
  • Biography of Edward Mauger Iliffe, ODNB