Great Britain

The Guardian through the ages: one family, seven generations, one newspaper

I am sure many families could show that they had read the Guardian for 200 years over seven generations, but here is one example:

1. Jacob Bright and Martha Wood Rochdale, Lancashire

2. John Bright and Elizabeth Priestman Rochdale, Lancashire

3. Helen Bright and William Clark Street, Somerset

4. Roger Clark and Sarah Bancroft Street, Somerset

5. Eleanor Clark and Giles Robertson Edinburgh

6. Charles Robertson and Gopa Roy London

7. Rahul Robertson and Arjun Robertson London and Brighton, respectively

I know for a fact that generations three, four, five and six bought copies, and I assume that generations one and two did as wellbought copies, as John Bright was a radical politician and a leading Manchester Liberal. Generation seven mostly reads it online. It was also the paper that my Bengali parents-in-law read when they came to this country in 1957. Over the years, the family have supported many causes, including universal male suffrage, the abolition of slavery and women’s suffrage, and have opposed imperialism. We are a big family and I am ashamed to say that there have been falling offs, but some of us keep the faith.
Charles Robertson

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