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Sheepy Magna All Saints

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SourceNichol's History & Antiquities of Leicester 1795 - 1811
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CaptionJohn Nichols (1745-1826) John Nichols, the son of an Islington baker, was apprenticed to William Bowyer the younger (1699-1777), one of London’s most learned and influential printers, in 1759. Nichols became Bowyer’s partner in 1766 and inherited the business on Bowyer’s death. He continued Bowyer’s tradition of printing for private gentlemen, learned societies and the Palace of Westminster and, in 1778, purchased a share in the Gentleman’s Magazine, a popular monthly periodical specialising in literature, history and the arts. The Nichols family edited and printed the magazine until 1856. John Nichols mixed business with his own interests in antiquities and biography. His press published many of the county histories of his day and his own History and Antiquities of the Town and County of Leicester, remains the standard history of that county. He was also fascinated by the lives and writings of his literary contemporaries and used the Gentleman’s Magazine to collect anecdotes and literary papers for his longer biographical works. His memoirs of William Bowyer grew over thirty years to form the Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century 9 vols (1812-1816) and Illustrations if the Literary History of Eighteenth Century, 8 vols (1817-1858). He also produced a biography of Hogarth, edited the letters of Sir Richard Steele and published a Select Collection of Miscellaneous Poems 8 vols (1780-1782). He was Master of the Stationers’ Company in 1804; a registrar of the Royal Literary Fund and a founder of the Royal Humane Society and a sea-bathing infirmary for ‘scrophulous diseases’ at Margate, Kent. In 1810 he was admitted a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
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