W.T. Stead & the Northern Echo

The Northern Echo was founded in Darlington in 1870. It was started by Liberal Scotsman, John Hyslop Bell at the behest of local industrial magnates, the Peases, largely to counter the political outpourings of rival newspapers, the Darlington & Stockton Times and the Darlington Mercury. Under Stead, its second editor, the Echo enjoyed, perhaps, its greatest successes, both nationally and internationally, winning in the process the admiration of Leading Liberals such as W.E. Gladstone and Joseph Chamberlain. However, the loss of Stead to the Pall Mall Gazette in 1880 and Bell's resignation in 1889 was a critical blow to the Echo, and sales slumped for decades after. The collapse of the Pease dynasty and increased competition from rival newspapers added to the Echo's troubles, and by the time it limped into the twentieth century, it was on the verge of bankruptcy. It was saved from ruin in 1903, when it was acquired by the North of England Newspaper Company, a group owned by chocolateers Rowntree. A further takeover by Westminster Press (also known as the Starmer Group) in 1921 secured the Echo's future and it remains today one of the longest-serving newspapers in north-eastern England.

© Owen Mulpetre 2012

Political & Foreign

Our Policy in the East (June 24, 1876)
The War (July 5, 1876)
England and the Eastern Insurgents (July 13, 1876)

Crime & Social

Indiscriminate Charity (Feb. 7, 1870)
Democracy and Christianity (Oct. 14, 1870)
Bishop Frazer on the Social Evil (Oct. 27, 1871)
A Painful Subject (Oct. 23, 1872)
Mrs. Cotton (March 24, 1873)
The West Auckland Poisonings: Execution of Mrs. Cotton (March 25, 1873)
The Executions (Jan. 5, 1874)
The Repeal of the Contagious Diseases Acts (June 21, 1875)
North Country Members & the CD Acts (July 18, 1876)


Who is behind this website?

I founded this website in 2001 to assist me in my own research on W.T. Stead, little knowing then that it would become the largest online resource on Stead's life and career. Today this site is used by students, scholars and institutions around the world and has significantly contributed to the Study of W.T. Stead and the evils which he campaigned against.

If you have a question or query, feel free to Contact me and I will get back to you at my earliest convenience (but please don't ask me to do your research for you!).

Owen Mulpetre, BA (Hons) MPhil