John Beavan, Baron Ardwick

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John Cowburn Morgan Beavan, Baron Ardwick (19 April 1910 – 18 August 1994) was a British journalist.

Beavan was reporter of the Manchester Evening News becoming its editor in 1943. Between 1946 and 1955, he was London editor of The Guardian.[1] For two years, 1960 to 1962, he was editor of the Daily Herald, then becoming political advisor to the Mirror Group, a post he retained until 1976.[2]

On 16 January 1970, he was created a life peer as Baron Ardwick, of Barnes in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.[3]


Arms of John Beavan, Baron Ardwick
A Coronet of a Baron
A Cock criant standing upon a Hand Mirror proper the Frame and Handle Or
Or a Dragon passant between two Roses Gules barbed and seeded proper in chief and in base on a Pile reversed Gules an Owl Argen
On either side a Representation of an Angel holding in the superior hand a Shepherd's Crook proper
IN OMNIA PARATUS (Prepared in all things)


  1. ^ Terence Lancaster Obituary: Lord Ardwick, The Independent, 19 August 1994
  2. ^ Dennis Griffiths (ed) The Encyclopedia of the British Press, 1422–1992, London & Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1992, p,97
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 45021. p. 658. 16 January 1970.
Media offices
Preceded by
Douglas Machray
Editor of the Daily Herald
Succeeded by
Sydney Jacobson