Richard Winfrey

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Sir Richard Winfrey (8 August 1858- 18 April 1944) was a British Liberal politician, newspaper publisher and campaigner for agricultural rights.

Birth, Death and Family

Winfrey was born at Long Sutton in Lincolnshire on 5 August 1858. He married Annie Lucy Pattinson of Ruskington, Lincolnshire in 1897. His wife's brothers, Samuel Pattinson (1870-1942) and Sir Robert Pattinson (1872-1954) were both Liberal MPs; Samuel for Horncastle from 1922-24 and Robert for Grantham from 1922-23. In religion Winfrey was a Congregationalist.Stephen Koss, Nonconformity in Modern British Politics; Archon Books, 1975 p135 He died on 18 April 1944 in Castor House, Castor, Peterborough.


In 1887, Richard Winfrey purchased the Spalding Guardian, a local newspaper that was to provide the basis for the Winfrey family's newspaper interests. His next purchase was the Lynn News; he also started the North Cambs Echo and bought the Peterborough Advertiser. During World War II Winfrey's newspaper interests began to be passed over to his son, Richard Pattinson Winfrey (1902-1985) who himself unsuccessfully stood in the Holland with Boston by-election in 1924. In 1947, under the direction of Pat Winfrey, the family's newspaper titles were consolidated to form the East Midland Allied Press, now the emap media...
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