William Benbow (Biographical details)

William Benbow (publisher/printer; British; Male; 1816 - 1840s; fl.)

Also known as

Benbow, William

Address

(1816) St Clements Church Yard (1820) 269 Strand, London (Corner of St Clement's Church Yard) (1825) 252 High Holborn

Biography

Radical publisher and printer of satirical prints in London. Originally a Manchester shoemaker who came to London in 1816, imprisoned 1817. Paid secret sums to suppress anti-Crown caricatures in 1820. Prosecuted in 1821 for seditious libels, but thrown out by the Westminster Grand jury after he had been imprisoned for 8 months; his business collapsed as a result. In 8122 prosecuted for pirating Byron and for obscene publications. In the 1840s a Chartist.

Bibliography

Vic Gatrell, 'City of Laughter', 2006, pp.531-5 and 597