Gordon Hall Caine

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Gordon Ralph Hall Caine (15 August 1884 – 26 June 1962) was a British publisher and Conservative politician.

Caine was born into an Isle of Man family, the son of novelist Hall Caine and his wife Mary Chandler. He was born at Hampstead London.

His father had dramatic interests in America and in 1902 Gordon Caine was in America to study business methods and consider publishing an American version of Household Words.[1] With his brother, Derwent Hall Caine, he founded the publishing house The Reader's Library.[2] In 1920 as Deputy Controller of Paper, he was awarded the CBE.[3]

At the 1922 general election Hall Caine was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for East Dorset as an Independent Conservative. He took the Conservative Whip in 1923 and held the seat until the 1929 general election. In the 1931 general election he regained the East Dorset seat, this time until 1945.[4] His brother Derwent had won Everton in 1929 as a Labour candidate, but lost it in 1931.

Hall Caine had residences at Greeba Castle (previously owned by his father) and at Maidenhead, Wooley Firs. In the 1950s he moved with his second wife, Sarah Tripp, into a townhouse in Park Lane, which was round the corner from his office at Old Burlington Street.

Hall Caine Airport[edit]

In 1935 Gordon Hall Caine and Derwent Hall Caine established the Hall Caine Airport on the Isle of Man.[5] Both Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine's sons were particularly keen on the development of an aerodrome in the north of the Isle of Man, as they saw it as another bit of the Island as being associated with their late father.[6] They were said to be extremely interested in the progress of the Isle of Man and in particular its transport infrastructure. They also wished to include Ramsey's municipal authority in the project, as they were both of the opinion that the aerodrome would bring immense benefit to the town.[7]

Derwent Hall Caine pictured with his Leopard Moth at Close Lake Airfield, April 1935.

Amongst the ambitious plans envisaged by Derwent Hall Caine was the inclusion of the airfield as part of an air network running the length of the country from Jersey and staging through numerous destinations including Close Lake, terminating at Campbeltown.[8] In an interview with the Ramsey Courier Derwent Hall Caine stated that from the introduction of air services, the site was to be known as Hall Caine Manx Airport. This was subsequently changed to the Hall Caine Airport, Ramsey. With all parties duly satisfied, Hall Caine Airport officially came into being on April 30, 1935.

Hall Caine Airport flourished from 1935 until it ceased commercial operations in 1937.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Times Youthful editor of Household Words may start an American version 21 October 1902
  2. ^ Mary Hammond Hall Caine and the Melodrama on Page, Stage and Screen Journal: Nineteenth Century Theatre & Film Volume 31 Issue 1, June 2004, ISSN 1748-3727
  3. ^ Supplement to London Gazette 23 November 1920
  4. ^ Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Gordon Hall Caine
  5. ^ A. M. Goodwyn (SPRING-SUMMER 1984). "Manx Electric Railway Society – History of Hall Caine Airport". Manx Transport Review No.42. Archived from the original on 21 November 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2008.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ Isle of Man Examiner. Friday March 1st, 1935 (p.10)
  7. ^ Isle of Man Examiner. Friday March 1st, 1935 (p.10)
  8. ^ Isle of Man Examiner. Friday March 1st, 1935 (p.10)
  9. ^ Ramsey Courier. Friday, April 10, 1953; Page: 4

See also[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Frederick Edward Guest
Member of Parliament for East Dorset
19221929
Succeeded by
Alec Ewart Glassey
Preceded by
Alec Ewart Glassey
Member of Parliament for East Dorset
19311945
Succeeded by
Mervyn James Wheatley