John Timbs

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John Timbs

John Timbs (/tɪmz/; 17 August 1801 – 6 March 1875) was an English author and antiquary.[1] Some of his work was published under the pseudonym of Horace Welby.


Timbs was born in 1801 in Clerkenwell, London. He was educated at a private school at Hemel Hempstead. In his sixteenth year he was apprenticed to a druggist and printer at Dorking. He had early shown literary capacity, and when nineteen began to write for the Monthly Magazine. A year later he became secretary to Sir Richard Phillips, its proprietor, and permanently adopted literature as a profession.

He was successively editor of the Mirror of Literature, the Harlequin, The Literary World, and sub-editor of the Illustrated London News. He was also founder and first editor of Year-Book of Science and Art. His published works amounted to more than one hundred and fifty volumes. In 1834 he was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

  • St Peter and St Paul Churchyard, Edenbridge, Sevenoaks District, Kent, England.


Some of these were published under the pseudonym, Horace Welby. As can be seen, his work continued to be re-edited and republished well after his death.[2]

One of his major works is Curiosities of London: exhibiting the most rare and remarkable objects of interest in the metropolis; with nearly Fifty Years' Personal Recollections (London, David Bogue, 1855, 800 pages).


  1. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Timbs, John". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  2. ^ Library of Congress catalog
  3. ^ Curiosities of London (1855),, accessed 10 March 2009
  4. ^  "Timbs, John". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 

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