The Press

  • Chris Cook
  • John Stevenson
Part of the Palgrave Historical and Political Facts book series (PHPF)


Until the middle of the nineteenth century, newspaper proprietors were obliged to pay stamp, advertisement and paper duties. Together they comprised what Radicals criticised as ‘taxes on knowledge’, resulting in small circulations of expensive newspapers. Their complete abolition by 1861 made possible the cheap daily provincial newspaper.


Nineteenth Century English Newspaper Complete Abolition Political Register Daily Mail 


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© Chris Cook and John Stevenson 1980

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  • Chris Cook
  • John Stevenson

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