ⓘ Herbert Allingham was born in Kennington, South London in 1867, the second of eight sons of James William Allingham then a printer and his wife, Louisa. When ag ..


ⓘ Herbert Allingham

Herbert Allingham was born in Kennington, South London in 1867, the second of eight sons of James William Allingham then a printer and his wife, Louisa. When aged 15 he went to University of Cambridge as a non-collegiate student, graduating as BA in 1889.


1. Editor

In 1874, Allinghams grandfather died. His father used the legacy to found The Christian Globe, a non-denominational penny weekly mainly funded by patent medicine advertising. Allingham edited The Christian Globe for his father. In 1889 he became editor of The London Journal. Later he left journalism to become a freelance pulp fiction writer for both children and adults.


2. Writing career

In 1886, Allinghams uncle, John Allingham better known as Ralph Rollington, launched The New Boys Paper penny weekly, in which Herbert published "Barringtons Fag", a "true tale of school life", initially under the pen name Herbert St Clair. In 1889, Herbert Allingham was named editor of The London Journal, publishing his own story "A Devil of a Woman" in 1893.

In 1906, Herbert Allingham was recognised by The Amalgamated Press and began writing stories for Puck, The Jester, Comic Cuts, Chips and The Butterfly. By 1909, readers enjoyment of Allinghams contrasting serials "Plucky Polly Perkins" and "Driven from Home" sent The Butterflys sales figures soaring. This allowed him to resign from The London Journal which ceased publication soon afterwards and move his family out of London to The Old Rectory in Layer Breton. From this time until the mid years of WW1 he was hugely productive. His regular editor was F.C. Cordwell, a major influence in the development of British comic papers. Whenever Cordwell established a new title, he used Allingham anonymously as the lead writer and main attraction. Readers could enjoy Allinghams fiction on at least four days of every week.

In 1916, Cordwell joined up, paper was rationed and casualties reduced readership of the comics. Allingham found work at Womans Weekly often under pseudonyms. In 1918, financial hardship forced Allingham to lease thirteen of his most successful titles which were then anonymously syndicated across D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd regional papers. In 1919, Cordwell returned to the Amalgamated Press and founded a new comic with Allingham once again as lead author. In 1920 many of his stories were reprinted in film-themed magazines. In 1926 The Amalgamated Press was sold, Allinghams rates of pay were slashed and his work on the comics dried up as tastes changed.

The hard times of the early 1930s unexpectedly reversed Allinghams personal circumstances. He became the lead fiction-writer on two big-selling Amalgamated Press publications, The Family Journal and The Home Companion. Many of his pre-war serials were hastily revised and re-issued and the editor Anne St John Cooper took as much new work as he was able to produce. Anonymity disguised the fact that Allinghams stories were running without a break, sometimes two or three at a time, for the next six years. In 1932, he was able to buy a small house at Thorpe Bay in Essex. In 1935, he fell ill and retired, living off borrowings against reprint rights. When he died in 1936, his stories ran on into the autumn of 1937 when his debt had been fully repaid. Then they stopped.


3. Bibliography

  • "Plucky Polly Perkins" and "Driven from Home", The Butterfly, 1909
  • Commissions for womens magazines The Happy Home and My Weekly, 1914
  • as Herbert St Clair "Barringtons Fag: A true tale of school life", The New Boys’ Paper, 1886
  • Commissions for Womans Weekly 1916
  • "A Devil of a Woman", The London Journal, 1893
  • as David Pitt Boys adventure serials for True Blue
  • Herbert William Allingham FRCS 17 April 1862 4 November 1904 was a British surgeon. He was surgeon to the Household of King Edward VII, and surgeon
  • short stories. Margery Allingham was born in Ealing, London, in 1904, into a family immersed in literature. Her father, Herbert and her mother, Emily
  • the fiction writing of Margery Allingham s father, Herbert Allingham In 2006, while working on a PhD on Herbert Allingham Jones decided to become a writer
  • weekly into what was recognizably a woman s magazine In 1889 Herbert Allingham became editor, publishing his own story A Devil of a Woman in 1893
  • Society 1888 Proceedings. pp. 72 Retrieved 3 July 2011. Herbert William Allingham 1904 Operative surgery. William Wood Company. pp. 267 Retrieved
  • character in a series of detective novels and short stories by Margery Allingham He first appeared as a supporting character in The Crime at Black Dudley
  • characters in the Albert Campion novels and short stories by Margery Allingham Albert Campion describes himself in Police at the Funeral as a professional
  • Ingham on the Herbert River flood plains in the Kennedy pastoral district. Muralambeen was first taken up in 1876 by Christopher Allingham and the site
  • are known as Old Ruymians. Iain Aitch - author and journalist Herbert William Allingham surgeon to the Household of King Edward VII, and surgeon in ordinary
  • known Old Ruymians include: Iain Aitch, author and journalist Herbert William Allingham Surgeon to the Household of King Edward VII, and Surgeon in Ordinary
  • Davis - Emily Bronte - Frances Alexander - John Kells Ingram - William Allingham - Thomas D arcy McGee - George Sigerson - John Todhunter - Edward Dowden
  • Herbert Harry Jim Handby OBE 1 September 1903 2 October 1991 was an Australian rules footballer who played in the South Australian National Football
  • Holman Hunt, loc cit. Dante Gabriel Rossetti, in a letter to William Allingham in 1856, called the painting a grand thing, but not for the public