- The Field (magazine)
The Fieldis the world’s oldest country and fieldsports magazine, having been published continuously since 1853.
The famous sportsman
Robert Smith Surtees, the creator of Jorrocks, was the driving force behind the initial publication. He saw a gap in the market for illustrated sporting literature, at a time when the rising wealth and leisure of the new Victorian industrialists and their offspring swelled a ready market for gentleman’s literature. He envisaged a paper for sportsmen, landowners and farmers, as well as the haut ton, that gave the readers an overview of all that was important, including the unusual and eccentric. It was an instant success under the auspices of its first editor Mark Lemon.
Events of Significance
The Fieldhad its own Crimeancorrespondent, trumpeting the view that the dashing deeds carried out on the field of battle were due in no small part to fieldsports and the following of manly country occupations. On November 18 1854 The Fieldcarried personal narratives of those involved in the Charge of the Light Brigade.
J. H. Walshinitiated a series of field trials for guns from 1858 onwards, a catalyst to the production of the modern hammerless shotgun.
:In 1861 ‘Goalstick’ impressed through the pages of
The Fieldthe importance of encouraging the game of football into general use, and pressed for an amalgamation of the rules, The Fieldobtained rules from Rugby, Eton, Harrow, Shrewsbury and Marlborough and helped create the modern game.
The Fieldwas instrumental in instituting the first Field Trials and Dog Shows. In 1859 The Fieldwas present at the Newcastle Sporting Dog Show taking a warm interest in the establishment of the exhibition of dogs on the same principles as cattle and poultry shows, and later in 1865 present at the first Field Trials of Pointers and Setters.
:In 1873 the rower’s sliding seat was tested extensively in The Field.
:In March 1874 Gerald D. Fitzgerald wrote to
The Fieldto inform readers about a new game called sphairstike, or Lawn Tennis. Over ensuing years the minutiae of the rules were subsequently thrashed out through the letters pages of the magazine, culminating with the printing of the rules of Lawn Tennison June 16, 1877, followed by the inaugural Lawn Tennis Championshipin 1877 where players competed for The Field Cup. The Field Cupis still on permanent display at Wimbledon Museum.
The Fieldcovered the first Americas Cupin August 1879 and recommendations in The Field led to the official Lloyds classification of yachts in 1906.
:Francis Francis campaigned against salmon netting and was a leading authority on hatcheries and today The Field still champions the cause of wild salmon and their rivers.
William Senior, an angling writer for The Fieldand later Editor, under his nom de plume “Red Spinner” was at the forefront of fishing advances and experimentation, primarily dry fly-fishing, although it was FM Halford – a Field contributor – who developed the dry-fly ethos.
:During the 1920s the design of the modern
golfball was formalised on designs agreed after tests by The Field, leading to The Field Long Driving Championship of the World.
:The launch of the Field Distemper Fund in 1923 resulted in the inoculation of dogs against distemper.
:During the 1950s
The Fieldimproved racecourse safety through its campaign against dangerous racecourses.
:During the 1980s
The Fieldcampaigned against mismanagement of shooting leading to the widely recognised “Code of Good Shooting Practice”.
The Fieldis considered the premier fieldsportsand country magazineand champions rural pursuits, people and the environment.
1853 - 1857
John Henry Walsh
1888 - 1899
1900 - 1910
1910 - 1928 Sir
Theodore Andrea Cook
1931 - 1937
1938 - 1946
1947 - 1950
Leonard V Dodds
1951 - 1977
1977 - 1984
1984 - 1987
1987 - 1991
Jonathan YoungThe magazine is published by IPC Media, a subsidiary of Time Warnerfrom 110 Southwark Street, London
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