The British Workman

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Example page from the British Workman 1865

The British Workman was a broadsheet, periodical published monthly in England by Partridge and Co in London.[1] The publishing house of S W Partridge & Co was founded by Thomas Bywater Smithies, from York in 1855 in order to publish "The British Workman"[2] It was published between 1855 and 1892 with the aim to

"promote the health, wealth and happiness of the working classes"

. It was illustrated with contemporary engravings with some editions having the first page given over to a single engraving. The text, written by a number of authors was a mixture of socialism and Protestant Christian religion. It strongly advocated temperance and was

"dedicated to the industrial classes"


Collections of the magazine are held in a number of collections including the Bodleian Library in Oxford and the Heatherbank Museum of Social Work which holds an incomplete run of annual bound copies from 1855 to 1892,