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Placard for The Globe announcing the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, 28 June 1919

The Globe was a British newspaper which ran from 1803 to 1921. It was founded by Christopher Blackett,[1][2] the coal mining entrepreneur from Wylam Northumberland who commissioned the first commercially useful adhesion steam locomotives in the world.[3] It merged with the Pall Mall Gazette in 1921. Under the ownership of Robert Torrens during the 1820s it supported radical politics, and had a reputation associating it closely with Jeremy Bentham. By the 1840s it was more mainstream, and received briefings from within the Whig administration. In 1871 it was owned by a Tory group headed by George Cubitt, who brought in George Armstrong as editor.[4] It was controlled shortly before World War I by Max Aitken.[5]


Staff of the newspaper included Arthur Morrison, William Le Queux,[6] and P. G. Wodehouse, who took over from William Beach Thomas as assistant to Harold Begbie on the "By the Way" column, which he would eventually take over in 1904, when Begbie left.[7] Wodehouse's career at the newspaper coincided with those of Charles H. Bovill and Herbert Westbrook.[7] Under Aitken (Beaverbrook) the "By the Way" column was moved to the Daily Express, where it was signed 'Beachcomber'.

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  1. ^ Timothy Hackworth and the Locomotive by Robert Young page 53 says of Blackett "Better known in London as the proprietor of the Globe newspaper, established in 1803". Young was published in 1923 and 1975. It is likely that Young sources subsequent quoted references to this linkage.
  2. ^ Blackett's and Literature at retrieved 7 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Timothy Hackworth's Essential Place in Early Locomotive Development", an article by Norman Hill in Railway Archive Number 16, Lightmoor Press, Witney, 2007 page 6.
  4. ^ Matthew, H. C. G. "Armstrong, Sir George Carlyon Hughes, first baronet (1836–1907)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/30449.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  5. ^ Boyce, D. George. "Aitken, William Maxwell". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/30358.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  6. ^ Official Publisher Site of William Le Queux Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  7. ^ a b Jasen, David A. (2002) P.G. Wodehouse: A Portrait of a Master, pp. 42–50. Music Sales Group. Google Books. Retrieved 15 October 2013.


  • Deering, Dorothy. The London "Globe" of the 1840s and 1850s, Victorian Periodicals Newsletter, No. 11, [Vol. 4, No. 1] (Feb., 1971), pp. 28–29. Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press on behalf of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals. Stable URL:

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