Home of Guinness Book of Records


Home of Guinness Book of Records

This is where the first Guinness Book of Records was born.

Location: 107 Fleet Street

Description: On the 10th November 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver (managing director of the Guinness Breweries), went shooting in County Wexford, Ireland. After missing a shot at a golden plover, he had an argument about which was the fastest game bird in Europe; the golden plover or the red grouse. (Confirmation: It's the plover.)

He tried to find the answer that evening in his reference books and stumbled on the idea that a book supplying the answers to this sort of question might prove successful. His idea became reality when Guinness employee (and record-breaking athlete) Christopher Chataway recommended University friends Norris and Ross McWhirter, who had been running a fact-finding agency in London. They were invited to the Guinness Brewery at Park Royal and were commissioned to compile the book in August 1954 and a thousand copies were printed and given away.

An office was set up at 107 Fleet Street and intense work began on the first slim 198-page edition. It was bound on the 27th August 1955 and went straight to the top of the British bestseller lists by Christmas. The following year, it launched in the US, and sold 70,000 copies. The rest is history.

The grand building itself is highly decorated dating back to the early 1870s. There are frolicking cherubs worth a look up!

Themes: LiteraryLiterary Theme  PioneerPioneer Theme  QuirkyQuirky Theme
Home of Guinness Book of Records

This is where the first Guinness Book of Records was born.

Ranking This Month: 844/2848

Pages Hit This Month: 7



Home of Guinness Book of Records

Other places nearby:


Karl Popper lived here», 8.6km

Saffron Hill», 0.3km

Voltaire lived and wrote here», 0.8km

Last Gay Bookshop», 1.1km

Clapham Junction & Oscar Wilde», 4.9km

Drama here since 1948», 13.km

The London Library», 1.3km

Exciting Books in Soho», 1.2km

Virginia Woolf born here», 3.4km

Ripping Yarns», 4.7km

Location Pinpointed: