The Lady (magazine)

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The Lady
Editor Matt Warren
Publisher Ben Budworth
Founder Thomas Gibson Bowles
First issue  1885 (1885-month)
Company The Lady Magazine Ltd
Country United Kingdom
Based in London
Language English
Website www.lady.co.uk
ISSN 0023-7167

The Lady is Britain's oldest weekly women's magazine. It has been in continuous publication since 1885 and is based in London. It is particularly notable for its classified advertisements for domestic service and child care; it also has extensive listings of holiday properties.

The magazine was founded by Thomas Gibson Bowles, the maternal grandfather of the Mitford sisters. Bowles also founded the English magazine Vanity Fair.

Bowles gave the Mitford girls' father (David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale) his first job: general manager of the magazine.

In November 2008, Bowles' great grandson, Ben Budworth, took the reins as publisher on behalf of the family and set about modernising its style. As part of this process, Budworth appointed Rachel Johnson as the magazine's ninth editor in September 2009. A Channel 4 programme, The Lady and the Revamp, screened in March 2010, followed the new editor in her quest to raise awareness of the magazine and increase circulation.

Matt Warren was appointed the tenth editor in January 2012. In November 2013, he was named Editor of the Year (Women's Brand Weekly or Fortnightly) by the British Society of Magazine Editors.

In popular culture[edit]

The popular television series Downton Abbey mentions The Lady more than once in the context of advertising for ladies' maids and housekeepers.

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