William Knowles Palmer

 Born Douglas in 1852, son of English born Charles and Margaret Palmer who ran the Oddfellows Arms in Douglas from 1846. Served apprenticeship with Matthew Glover on North Quay, Douglas. Joined S.K.Broadbent as foreman in 1876 when the later set up on his own account - then moved to manange Peel business in 1880 when Broadbent opened an office there. In 1881 found lodging at 24 Michael Street with his 16 year old brother John S. Palmer - this was I think with S.K. Broadbent's mother Margaret and maternal grandmother Charlotte Kewin (Keown) . By 1885 he was at 14 Michael Street having bought the Peel business from S.K.Broadbent. Like Broadbent supported the Non-conformists.

Died on 31 Dec 1923, the business being continued by his widow Jane Anne Palmer (nee Kneale) (d. 22 Jan 1930) and then by sons Charles W. and Samuel T. Palmer trading as W.K.Palmer and Sons. On merger with the Guardian the later's printing press was moved from 17 Michael street to the Guardian Office, 24 Michael street where the paper was published.


 Peel Chronicle 7 March 1891 - merged with Peel City Guardian 26 Jan 1895 and published as Peel City Guardian and Chronicle.


W. Cubbon Bibliography of works relating to the Isle of Man Vol II section L4 Douglas:1939

Manx Note Book   [Index of Printers]

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