|About Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle |
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Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle was an English weekly sporting paper published every Saturday as a broadsheet between 1822 and 1886. It was the first paper to feature sport as it's major component. From its launch in 1822 it was available by post the following morning to any part of the country within a 100 mile radius of London.
Bell's Life was founded by Robert Bell, a London printer-publisher. Bell sold it to William Innell Clement, owner of the Observer, in 1824 or 1825, and the paper swallowed up a competitor, Pierce Egan's Life in London and Sporting Guide. From 1824 to 1852 it was edited by Vincent George Dowling, "during which time Bell's Life became Britain's leading sporting newspaper, without which no gentleman's Sunday was quite complete."
Dowling's son, Frank Lewis Dowling, effectively edited the paper during the last year of his father's life, and succeeded him as editor from 1852 to 1867. By the 1860s Bell's Life was facing competition from The Field, The Sportsman, the Sporting Life, and the Sporting Times. In 1885 Edward Hulton bought Bell's Life and made it a daily, but in 1886 afer 65 years it was absorbed by Sporting Life.
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