Top tip: Saving newspaper articles to your computer

Posted on March 24th, 2015 by The British Newspaper Archive

Did you know that you can save the stories you find at The British Newspaper Archive to your computer?

This step-by-step guide will explain how you can download a whole newspaper page and also how you can save individual articles or images. Watch this short video tutorial or follow the steps below:

 

 

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Meet the Content Lead of The British Newspaper Archive

Posted on March 17th, 2015 by The British Newspaper Archive

AmyFind out what goes on behind the scenes at The British Newspaper Archive in our series of Q&As with the team who work here.

We sat down with Content Lead Amy Sell to find out who she is and what she does.

 

What does your job involve?

I help people discover The British Newspaper Archive and understand how amazing the collection is by writing emails and blog posts, managing our Facebook page and Twitter feed and producing handy video tutorials.

One of the best parts of my job is speaking to historians, genealogists and authors about the amazing discoveries they’ve made.

 

How long have you worked at The British Newspaper Archive?

I’ve worked here for just over a year, but was also involved in the website’s launch back in 2011. My colleague Natasha and I dressed up as Victorian newspaper boys and handed out leaflets about the website at London’s Kings Cross station. It was quite an experience!

 

What’s the most exciting thing you’ve found in the newspapers?

I’m a family historian and have uncovered some incredible information about my ancestors in the newspapers. I’ve recently used the newspapers to prove that my ancestor won a rowing race called the Doggett’s Coat and Badge in 1878, but my favourite discovery was an account of my great-great-great-grandfather’s brush with the law.

The snippets below are from a court report that was published in the Herts Guardian in 1867. They reveal that my ancestor Richard Howard was charged with stealing a watch and chain.
 
Richard Howard's criminal trial was reported by the Herts Guardian
 
The newspaper article noted that Richard’s father had been called as a witness to his character, providing me with a brand new name for my family tree.

Richard Howard's father James was called as a character witness
 
Fortunately, my ancestor was found Not Guilty, though the newspaper stated that this ‘caused much surprise in court’!

Richard Howard was found Not Guilty in 1867

 

Which is your favourite newspaper title?

I have two! The Illustrated Police News is full of the most bizarre headlines and illustrations imaginable and it’s fascinating to see how the newspaper reported the Jack the Ripper murders in 1888.

I also love browsing through old copies of the Hull Daily Mail. The newspaper was pretty forward-thinking and was one of the first to print stories (rather than adverts) on its front page.

 

What’s your favourite period of history?

It’s so hard to pick just one era. I studied the medieval period at university, focusing on the reign of Edward II, but since then I’ve really enjoyed reading about what life was like in the Victorian period. I’m reading a book about Newgate prison at the moment as I know that one of my ancestors was held there in the 1850s.

 

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Charles Dickens and a ‘diabolical’ crime in Kent

Posted on March 12th, 2015 by The British Newspaper Archive

Charles Dickens

The lovely people at history magazine Bygone Kent got in touch to share the shocking stories they’ve uncovered about Charles Dickens’ life in Higham, Kent.

We’d love to hear about your own discoveries – email press@britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk to tell us about them.

 

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A ‘diabolical attempt’ to overturn the carriage of Charles Dickens while it drove through his home village has been discovered by local historian and journalist Andrew Rootes, editor of Bygone Kent. The incident was uncovered in The British Newspaper Archive while Andrew was researching Higham, the village where Dickens made his home at Gad’s Hill.

Kent man attempted to overturn Charles Dickens’ carriage

The village is about 25 miles from London on the North Kent line and Dickens commonly caught the train from the city to Higham station, which sits at the bottom of a hill about a mile from his home. Although he was a great walker, he was usually met by one of his carriages – as was due to happen on the night of the incident.

This route was the setting for what the Dover Express, reporting on June 21, 1862, described as a ‘Diabolical attempt to overturn Mr Charles Dickens’s carriage’.
 
The Dover Express reported a diabolical attempt to  overturn Charles Dickens' carriage

Dover Express – Saturday 21 June 1862
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The villain of the piece was agricultural labourer James Stedman, who worked for local farmer Mr Youens. He appeared before Rochester magistrates ‘charged with placing a horse-roller, and also a hand roller in the middle of the turnpike road, at a late hour on Saturday night with the intention of upsetting the carriage of Mr C. Dickens, which was returning from the Higham Railway station’.

The author’s groom, James Marsh, had driven a one-horse carriage down the hill to Higham station the previous Saturday night to meet the 10.30pm train, by which Dickens was to have arrived. But as he had missed that train the carriage was driven back empty.

The newspaper reported: ‘A little distance on he found two rollers lying across the road, which, had they not been perceived in time, would have caused serious mischief. James Munn, a fellow workman of the prisoner, had accompanied Stedman from Strood to Higham by the 9.30 train, and when passing through the village saw Mr Dickens’s carriage drive down to the station.

‘The prisoner immediately afterwards went into a field and drew the two rollers across the road to upset the carriage on its return. Munn at the time held the gate open for the prisoner’.

Having committed this diabolical act, they went to play skittles by candlelight for some time at the Falstaff pub in Higham – which, as it happens, is directly over the road from Dickens’s home at Gad’s Hill Place.

Fortunately, a local gardener called William Phillips discovered the rollers in the road and ‘stood by them to give the alarm should any vehicles come up. He afterwards assisted in removing the obstruction out of the way’.

The prisoner pleaded drunkenness as his sole excuse, and was committed for trial.

A lack of respect for the Victorian novelist?

The case was resolved the following month when the Maidstone Telegraph of Saturday, July 12, 1862, reported that James Stedman was indicted for having placed two horse rollers, or garden rollers, across the road in the parish of Higham, with intent to do grievous bodily harm to James Marsh, Dickens’s groom.
 
The Maidstone Telegraph's report about an attempt to overturn Charles Dickens' carriage

Maidstone Telegraph – Saturday 21 June 1862
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It is not reported if Stedman thought the author himself would have been the most likely victim of any accident caused by the obstacles. And it may be no surprise to hear, according to the court report, that he ‘was the worse for drink at the time’. Whatever his motive, he had to pay the price – and was sentenced to two months’ hard labour.

This apparent lack of respect for our most eminent Victorian novelist was echoed in another small but impudent crime also found in The British Newspaper Archive – a robbery at Charles Dickens’s home, reported by the Dover Express on Saturday 8 January 1859.
 
A robbery at Charles Dickens' house was reported by the Dover Express in 1859

Dover Express – Saturday 08 January 1859
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Bygone KentThe newspaper recorded: ‘On Friday a person named George Blackman, who was described as a market gardener at Higham, was charged before the magistrates at Rochester with having stolen some hay from the premises of Mr Charles Dickens, Gad’s Hill near Rochester.

‘The robbery, it appeared, was of a very impudent character, the prisoner first turning his horse into Mr Dickens’s meadow without that gentleman’s permission, and then helping himself to the hay from the stack. A police constable apprehended him, with the hay which he had just taken under his arm’.

The accused pleaded hard to be forgiven, but his entreaties fell on the deaf ears of the Rev Mr Davies, the presiding magistrate – and he was sent to prison for three days.
 

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Using newspapers to research WW1 shell shock

Posted on March 11th, 2015 by The British Newspaper Archive

Suzie

Suzie Grogan used The British Newspaper Archive extensively while researching her book, Shell Shocked Britain: The First World War’s legacy for Britain’s mental health.

She got in touch to show us the heart-breaking story she found about her own ancestors and some of the terrible accounts about life during World War One.

 

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My book is the product of two years of intensive research into the trauma of the Great War and its aftermath. But it was a chance find during some family history research in The British Newspaper Archive that was the inspiration for the book.

A shocking family tragedy

My great-uncle Alfred Hardiman had killed his ex-girlfriend by cutting her throat, and then turned the razor on himself, dying with her in a pool of blood on the floor of the family home in North London. The main witness at the inquest, the newspaper report made clear, was my grandmother, Bessie Hardiman, Alfred’s sister.
 
The Dundee Courier reported the tragic story of Alfred Hardiman and Mary Street in 1923.

Dundee Courier – Thursday 04 January 1923
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My mother confirmed that this event had never been mentioned, despite the fact that the family remained in the same home for more than 25 years after the event. The coroner had heard that Alfred had been discharged unfit from the army having been involved in one of the air raids on London in 1916 and ‘was never the same since’.

As a writer and researcher on the subject of mental health, and a keen social historian, I wanted to find out more. How far was the nation as a whole ‘shell shocked’ by the impact of the conflict on a generation of men, women and children, for whom unspeakable horrors, grief, loss and anxiety were the norm? Could we come closer to understanding the day to day lives of those for whom four years of war resulted in a society changed forever?

Terrible scenes described in WW1 newspapers

To look at the stress of war through fresh eyes I turned to the reports and editorial columns of the newspapers of the time.

When Gotha airplanes dropped bombs on the South Coast and on London in the summer of 1917, the horrors could not be hidden. These were the first daylight raids, causing significant numbers of casualties and damage to property and infrastructure. I found pages dedicated to the stories of the children killed at Upper North Street school in Poplar; grisly descriptions of the deaths around Liverpool Street Station. One report graphically described the dismemberment of a delivery boy, another the decapitation of a caretaker’s wife.
 
Distressing scenes were reported in newspapers following an air raid in 1917

Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser – Wednesday 20 June 1917
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Other events are also described vividly, and offered me fascinating insights into the mind of the nation. Reports of theatres, cinemas and churches closing their doors to prevent spread  of the Spanish influenza outbreak in 1918 sat alongside various home remedies; there was no cure but brands such as Oxo and Bovril offered to build the nation’s strength once more.

‘Talking therapies’ in post-war Britain

Some of the most fascinating pieces came to light as I researched post-war attitudes to psychotherapy.  New ‘talking therapies’ were popular, particularly among the middle-classes. Many, particularly women, were vilified by correspondents who felt they had lost the backbone of their pre-war counterparts.  In 1928, the Nottingham Evening Post ran a lengthy piece by a writer calling themselves ‘A Masseuse’, under the headline ‘Nerves':

‘Most of the patients I see for soothing massage to steady exhausted, frayed, irritable nerves are those whose greatest exercise is dancing; who rise when others have done half a day’s work; who have an aspirin and a cup of tea instead of a proper lunch, who spend the golden afternoon with their backs to the a roaring fire playing bridge or poker. ‘
 
The Nottingham Evening Post's views on people's nerves after WW1

Nottingham Evening Post – Saturday 29 December 1928
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The British Newspaper Archive has offered, in its own way, the clearest picture of life during and after the First World War. Shell Shocked Britain would be a less interesting book had such a wide variety of sources not be available to me.

 

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You can buy a copy of Shell Shocked Britain by Suzie Grogan from Pen & Sword Books.

 

400,000 extra newspaper pages now online

Posted on March 9th, 2015 by The British Newspaper Archive

Thousands of pages from historical British and Irish newspapers were added in February, including 11 great new titles. We hope you enjoy exploring the new additions.

 

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More newspaper titles available to search

You’ll now find editions of the Hawick News and Border Chronicle, Holborn Journal and Wellington Journal online, along with eight other new titles. A full list of recent additions is provided below, with the new titles highlighted in bold.

We’ve added more coverage to 88 existing titles too, including the Cambridgeshire Chronicle and Journal and the Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald.

 

Hawick News and Border Chronicle

 

Aberdeen Evening Express – 1955

Aberdeen Journal – 1773, 1777 – 1780, 1785

Allnut’s Irish Land Schedule – 1871

Arbroath Herald and Advertiser for the Montrose Burghs – 1941 – 1955

Ashton Weekly Reporter, and Stalybridge and Dukinfield Chronicle, The – 1859, 1861, 1865

Bedfordshire Times and Independent – 1867, 1869 – 1871

Berwickshire News and General Advertiser – 1905 – 1938, 1940 – 1945, 1947, 1949

Brecon Reporter and South Wales General Advertiser – 1867

Brighton Gazette – 1825 – 1834, 1836 – 1839, 1841 – 1855

Bristol Mirror – 1835, 1842

Bristol Times and Mirror – 1870

Bury Times – 1855, 1857, 1860, 1869

Cambridge Chronicle and Journal – 1832 – 1835, 1837 – 1844, 1846 – 1847, 1849 – 1858, 1860, 1864 – 1866, 1868 – 1870, 1872

Carlisle Journal – 1802 – 1805, 1810 – 1811, 1820

Carlisle Patriot – 1822 – 1846, 1848 – 1852, 1854, 1856 – 1870

Chelmsford Chronicle – 1867

Clerkenwell News – 1857 – 1866, 1868

Cobbett’s Weekly Political Register – 1807

County Chronicle, Surrey Herald and Weekly Advertiser for Kent – 1841

Coventry Standard – 1841, 1843, 1851 – 1852, 1854, 1859, 1861 – 1862, 1864 – 1867

Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – 1872, 1885 – 1889, 1898 – 1899, 1926

Croydon’s Weekly Standard – 1859 – 1871

Cumberland Pacquet, and Ware’s Whitehaven Advertiser – 1857 – 1858, 1861 – 1862, 1870 – 1871

Derbyshire Courier – 1859, 1861, 1898, 1914 – 1915, 1918, 1920

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald – 1904 – 1906, 1912, 1914, 1917, 1920, 1923 – 1924, 1928, 1930, 1932 – 1933, 1935 – 1937

Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser – 1887 – 1888, 1890 – 1892, 1894, 1899 – 1918

Dorset County Chronicle – 1854

Dublin Builder, The – 1868 – 1869, 1871

Dublin Courier – 1760 – 1761, 1763 – 1764

Dublin Evening Post – 1781 – 1785, 1787, 1792, 1794 – 1797, 1804 – 1810, 1813 – 1817, 1827 – 1828, 1830 – 1832, 1834 – 1851, 1853, 1856 – 1858

Dublin Medical Press – 1864, 1868

Dublin Mercantile Advertiser, and Weekly Price Current – 1838

Dublin Morning Register – 1824

Dundee Advertiser – 1868 – 1869, 1882, 1884, 1887

Dundee, Perth, Forfar, and Fife’s People’s Journal – 1882, 1891

Edinburgh Courant – 1750

Edinburgh Evening Courant – 1848, 1862

Elgin Courant, and Morayshire Advertiser – 1860

Enniskillen Chronicle and Erne Packet – 1860

Falkirk Herald – 1889, 1919, 1921, 1925, 1929, 1936 – 1937

Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald – 1921, 1928, 1930 – 1931, 1933, 1935

Galway Mercury, and Connaught Weekly Advertiser – 1856

Galway Vindicator, and Connaught Advertiser – 1860, 1863

Glasgow Courant – 1758

Gloucester Journal – 1909, 1934

Gloucestershire Chronicle – 1837, 1842, 1845, 1848, 1888, 1890 – 1892, 1894 – 1895, 1897 – 1910, 1912 – 1926, 1928

Gloucestershire Echo – 1884, 1901 – 1910, 1914 – 1915, 1924 – 1927

Greenock Advertiser – 1839, 1845, 1847, 1849 – 1852, 1859, 1865 – 1867, 1870

Greenock Telegraph and Clyde Shipping Gazette – 1857 – 1868

Hampshire Chronicle – 1816

Hartlepool Mail – 1936

Hawick News and Border Chronicle – 1927 – 1929, 1943 – 1944, 1950 – 1951

Hertford Mercury and Reformer – 1889

Holborn Journal – 1858 – 1863, 1866 – 1867, 1870 – 1871

Huddersfield Daily Examiner – 1914 – 1918

Ipswich Journal, The – 1771

Kent & Sussex Courier – 1883, 1910

Kentish Gazette – 1840, 1858

Leicester Chronicle – 1873

Limerick Reporter – 1853

Lincolnshire Echo – 1904, 1906, 1919, 1943, 1947

London Evening Standard – 1863 – 1865, 1868

Luton News and Bedfordshire Chronicle – 1919

Manchester Evening News – 1918

Middlesex Chronicle – 1914, 1918

Newcastle Chronicle – 1782 – 1783, 1793

Newry Herald and Down, Armagh, and Louth Journal – 1859 – 1863

North & South Shields Gazette and Northumberland and Durham Advertiser – 1850, 1857

North London News – 1866 – 1868, 1870

Nottinghamshire Guardian – 1846

Orkney Herald, and Weekly Advertiser and Gazette for the Orkney & Zetland Islands – 1871

Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette – 1846 – 1847

Oxford University and City Herald – 1831 – 1844, 1855

Perthshire Advertiser – 1871

Police Gazette – 1829

Portsmouth Evening News – 1951, 1953

Reading Mercury – 1787

Rochdale Observer – 1858

Scottish Guardian, Glasgow – 1859

Sheffield Independent – 1820, 1907

Sherborne Mercury – 1853, 1861

Shetland Times – 1873

Skibbereen & West Carbery Eagle; or, South Western Advertiser – 1861 – 1866

Southern Reporter and Cork Commercial Courier – 1828 – 1829, 1834 – 1840, 1859 – 1865, 1869 – 1870

Stamford Mercury – 1746, 1817 – 1818

Surrey Mirror – 1911

Teesdale Mercury – 1855, 1857 – 1862, 1864 – 1869

Tipperary Vindicator – 1844 – 1849, 1860 – 1863, 1867 – 1868

Ulster Gazette – 1870

Ulster General Advertiser, Herald of Business and General Information – 1867

Waterford Mail – 1856

Waterford News – 1851 – 1852, 1857, 1859, 1864

Weekly Vindicator – 1850

Wellington Journal – 1854 – 1856, 1858 – 1869

West London Observer – 1871

Woolwich Gazette and Greenwich and Deptford Chronicle – 1869 – 1870

Worcester Journal – 1860

Yorkshire Evening Post – 1904 – 1905, 1907 – 1908, 1949

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer – 1888, 1899, 1914 – 1915

19th-century medical fraudsters who got caught out

Posted on February 18th, 2015 by The British Newspaper Archive

CarolineCaroline Rance, author of The Quack Doctor and What the Apothecary Ordered, got in touch to show us some of the shocking medical tales she’s unearthed.

We’d love to hear about your own discoveries – email press@britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk to tell us about them.

 
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Whatever you search for in The British Newspaper Archive, chances are the articles you find will be close to adverts promoting cures for every kind of disease. Some brands were sold in good faith and became stalwarts of the family medicine cabinet.

But the pages of nineteenth-century newspapers also hold the more sinister side of the medicine trade – the fraudsters who purposely sold worthless treatments for a quick profit. The following charlatans used some inventive means to get one over on the public, but savvy patients saw through their tricks.

1. Cornelius Bennett Harness

Cornelius B Harness advertised his Electric Corset as ‘the very thing for ladies’. Fortunately, it didn’t really carry an electric current; it was supposed to be magnetic (though that’s doubtful too).

In 1893, Harness was the subject of a devastating exposé in the Pall Mall Gazette, entitled ‘The Harness Electropathic Swindle’. Disgruntled patients sent in their experiences, others voted with their feet, and his fortune dwindled to nothing.

Leeds Mercury – Saturday 10 December 1892
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2. Dr Alfred Field Henery

Henery (real name John Osterfield Wray) cashed in on the medical phenomenon of spermatorrhoea – a largely imaginary condition of the male reproductive organs said to end in impotence, insanity and death. He promised a discreet cure by galvanic electricity and Life-Preserving Drops.

In 1864, a soldier called Montague Clarke realised the treatment was useless and refused to pay. Henery tried to blackmail him by threatening to tell his family that masturbation had caused his ‘filthy’ disease. Clarke, however, promptly had him arrested and Henery got two years’ imprisonment for conspiracy to defraud.

An advert from Dr Henery's treatment was printed in the Era in 1864

The Era – Sunday 23 October 1864
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3. The Bennett brothers

The three Bennett brothers, under the name of Dr Watters, ran the official-sounding ‘British and Foreign Ear Dispensary’, claiming to cure deafness. They also operated under other names and addresses, in the hope that patients who weren’t cured by one alias might try another.

This system could break down if they forgot which customer had already seen which brother. One patient, Mary Scattergood, recognised the ‘doctor’ who had conned her in the past, and managed to get the whole business shut down.

An advert for Dr Watter's treatment was printed in the Cheltenham Looker-On in 1858

Cheltenham Looker-On – Saturday 08 May 1858
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4. Maria Owen

Newspapers dubbed Maria Owen ‘The Bogus Lady Doctor’. She would knock on people’s doors pretending to be from the local hospital, charge them for medicine (vinegar and water) and then disappear.

Owen diagnosed a woman called Mrs Cooper with heart disease in 1890. As the family had no money for medicine, Owen suggested borrowing some from a friend. Mrs Cooper’s husband agreed, but came back with a policeman. Other offenses emerged and Owen got 12 months hard labour.

Birmingham Daily Post – Wednesday 19 February 1890
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5. Cameron the Piss-prophet

Urine-casting, once an important part of medieval medicine, later became the province of dubious ‘piss-prophets’. In the early nineteenth century, Dr Cameron claimed he could name any disease from the colour, smell and taste of anonymous urine samples. Whatever the diagnosis, his treatment involved strong laxatives containing mercury, making the patient feel worse than ever.

One unsatisfied customer, left in agony by the pills, sent a messenger with a bottle of urine. After tasting it, Cameron diagnosed a bad back, and was not amused when the messenger revealed that the urine had come from a donkey!

Advertisement headed 'Inward Complaints' in the Morning Chronicle 3 Sept 1817

Morning Chronicle – Wednesday 03 September 1817
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400,000 newspaper pages added, including the Sunday Mirror

Posted on February 17th, 2015 by The British Newspaper Archive

There are lots of new stories to explore at The British Newspaper Archive this month. More than 400,000 newspaper pages from 1745-1954 were added in January, helping us reach our 10 million page milestone.

 

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39 new titles, including the Sunday Mirror from WW1

The additions include copies of the Sunday Mirror from 1914-1918, then known as the Sunday Pictorial. The national newspaper printed fascinating weekly news, photographs and illustrations from World War One.

The Dublin Evening Post, Oxford University and City Herald and Sporting Life are among the other titles added recently. You’ll find a full list of last month’s additions below, with the new titles highlighted in bold.

 

A copy of the Sunday Pictorial (now known as the Sunday Mirror) from 1916.

 

Aberdeen Journal – 1781 – 1783

Aberdeen People’s Journal – 1863, 1882, 1884, 1892

Advocate: or, Irish Industrial Journal, The – 1850, 1853 – 1854

Allnut’s Irish Land Schedule – 1850 – 1859, 1861 – 1870

Ashton Weekly Reporter, and Stalybridge and Dukinfield Chronicle, The – 1857

Athlone Sentinel – 1836 – 1854, 1856 – 1861

Bedfordshire Times and Independent – 1859 – 1866, 1868

Belfast Mercantile Register and Weekly Advertiser – 1850 – 1869

Belfast Protestant Journal – 1844 – 1850

Bell’s Life in London and Sporting Chronicle – 1822 – 1829, 1831, 1834, 1838, 1846, 1848, 1851 – 1870

Beverley Guardian – 1856 – 1857

Biggleswade Chronicle – 1919, 1928 – 1941

Birmingham Journal – 1825 – 1829, 1857

Brecon Reporter and South Wales General Advertiser – 1863 – 1866

Brighton Gazette – 1856 – 1870

Bristol Mirror – 1808 – 1832

Bristol Times and Mirror – 1839, 1842 – 1846, 1860 – 1862, 1868 – 1869

Burnley News – 1927

Carlisle Journal – 1801, 1814 – 1815, 1818 – 1819, 1849, 1867

Carlisle Patriot – 1816

Catholic Telegraph – 1852 – 1855, 1858 – 1859, 1861, 1863 – 1867

Cavan Observer – 1857, 1860, 1862

Chelsea News and General Advertiser – 1865 – 1870

Clonmel Herald – 1838 – 1839

Cobbett’s Weekly Political Register – 1809

Connaught Watchman – 1853 – 1858, 1862 – 1863

County Chronicle, Surrey Herald and Weekly Advertiser for Kent – 1834, 1865

County Courts Chronicle – 1856, 1858, 1865

Coventry Standard – 1836, 1840, 1842, 1845 – 1850, 1853, 1855, 1857 – 1858, 1860

Coventry Times – 1889

Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – 1873, 1875 – 1877, 1879, 1890 – 1891

Current Prices of Grain at Dublin Corn Exchange – 1860 – 1861

Daily Mirror – 1916 – 1917

Daily Record – 1918

Derbyshire Courier – 1837 – 1858, 1860, 1862, 1884 – 1887, 1890 – 1893, 1895, 1899, 1913

Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser – 1889, 1950

Dorset County Chronicle – 1825, 1830 – 1853, 1855 – 1862

Dublin Builder, The – 1867, 1870

Dublin Courier – 1766

Dublin Evening Packet and Correspondent – 1828 – 1835, 1837 – 1840, 1856 – 1857, 1859, 1861

Dublin Evening Post – 1780, 1818 – 1819, 1826, 1829, 1833, 1852, 1854 – 1855, 1866 – 1868

Dublin Medical Press – 1861, 1866 – 1867

Dublin Mercantile Advertiser, and Weekly Price Current – 1839 – 1841, 1844, 1855 – 1856, 1861 – 1864

Dublin Morning Register – 1825 – 1834, 1836, 1839 – 1843

Dublin Observer – 1831 – 1836

Dublin Weekly Herald – 1841 – 1842

Dublin Weekly Register – 1818 – 1823, 1827 – 1832, 1834

Dundee Advertiser – 1880, 1885

Dundee, Perth, Forfar, and Fife’s People’s Journal – 1863, 1871 – 1873, 1879 – 1881, 1884, 1889, 1892

Edinburgh Evening Courant – 1828 – 1829, 1851 – 1852, 1856 – 1859, 1861, 1864, 1866, 1868

Elgin Courant, and Morayshire Advertiser – 1855

Enniskillen Chronicle and Erne Packet – 1842 – 1843, 1845 – 1859, 1861 – 1870

Falkirk Herald – 1887

Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald – 1891 – 1892, 1898 – 1900, 1903 – 1906

Galway Mercury, and Connaught Weekly Advertiser – 1850 – 1851

Galway Patriot – 1835

Glasgow Courant – 1745, 1758

Gloucester Journal – 1891

Gloucestershire Chronicle – 1835 – 1836, 1889

Gloucestershire Echo – 1885 – 1887, 1928 – 1929

Grantham Journal – 1942 – 1949, 1951 – 1953

Greenock Advertiser – 1846, 1848, 1853, 1858, 1863, 1868

Hackney and Kingsland Gazette – 1869 – 1871

Hampshire Chronicle – 1854 – 1863, 1865 – 1870

Hartlepool Mail – 1923

Hastings and St Leonards Observer – 1954

Hereford Times – 1864

Highland Sentinel – 1861

Ilkley Gazette and Wharfedale Advertiser – 1868 – 1869

Inverness Courier – 1835, 1864, 1866

Ipswich Journal, The – 1772

Irish Racing Book and Sheet Calendar, The-  1823, 1826, 1834, 1865, 1867 – 1869

Kentish Gazette – 1839

Kentish Independent – 1855 – 1866

Kerry Examiner and Munster General Observer – 1851 – 1853

Lancashire Evening Post – 1917, 1924

Leeds Patriot and Yorkshire Advertiser – 1829 – 1832

Leicester Chronicle – 1905

Limerick and Clare Examiner – 1848

Lincolnshire Echo – 1908, 1916 – 1917, 1942, 1946

Luton Times and Advertiser – 1915 – 1916

Marylebone Mercury – 1857, 1860 – 1862, 1865 – 1869

Meath People, and Cavan and Westmeath Chronicle – 1857 – 1858, 1862 – 1863

Newcastle Chronicle – 1770 – 1776, 1778 – 1779, 1781, 1831 – 1832, 1855

Newry Herald and Down, Armagh, and Louth Journal – 1858

Orkney Herald, and Weekly Advertiser and Gazette for the Orkney & Zetland Islands – 1860 – 1870

Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette – 1837 – 1845, 1848 – 1859, 1866 – 1869

Oxford University and City Herald – 1806 – 1822, 1825 – 1830, 1845 – 1854, 1856 – 1870

Police Gazette – 1858

Portsmouth Evening News – 1934, 1950

Roscommon Journal, and Western Impartial Reporter – 1828, 1845 – 1864

Salisbury and Winchester Journal – 1769, 1780 – 1782, 1784, 1862, 1865

Salopian Journal – 1861

Scottish Banner – 1860

Sheffield Independent – 1901 – 1902

Shetland Times – 1878

Shields Daily Gazette – 1868

Skibbereen & West Carbery Eagle; or, South Western Advertiser – 1867 – 1870

Sligo Champion – 1839, 1844, 1846 – 1851, 1854 – 1858, 1860 – 1864, 1866

South London Chronicle – 1861

Southern Reporter and Cork Commercial Courier – 1823, 1825 – 1827, 1830, 1832, 1841 – 1844, 1847, 1851 – 1858

Sporting Life – 1859 – 1870

Sportsman, The – 1865 – 1870

Staffordshire Advertiser – 1817 – 1829, 1833 – 1834, 1840 – 1842, 1844 – 1845, 1848 – 1864, 1866 – 1870

Statesman and Dublin Christian Record – 1841 – 1843

Sunday Mirror – 1915 – 1918

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette – 1953

Surrey Mirror – 1926

Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser – 1810 – 1813, 1815 – 1816, 1818 – 1819, 1822 – 1824, 1828 – 1830

Teesdale Mercury – 1863

Tipperary Free Press – 1833 – 1835, 1837 – 1845, 1847 – 1848, 1850, 1869 – 1870

Tipperary Vindicator – 1859, 1864 – 1866

Tralee Chronicle – 1852, 1856 – 1857, 1860, 1863, 1867 – 1869

Ulster Gazette – 1850 – 1869, 1871

Ulster General Advertiser, Herald of Business and General Information – 1842, 1846 – 1848, 1851, 1860, 1862 – 1866, 1868 – 1870

Vindicator – 1839 – 1842, 1845 – 1848

Waterford Chronicle – 1828, 1844 – 1847, 1849

Waterford Mail – 1825 – 1826, 1828 – 1831, 1851 – 1852, 1854 – 1855

Waterford News – 1848 – 1850, 1853 – 1856, 1858, 1860 – 1863, 1865 – 1869

Weekly Vindicator – 1848, 1851 – 1852

Wells Journal – 1906, 1918, 1921, 1927, 1931, 1949

West London Observer – 1855 – 1870

Westmeath Journal – 1824 – 1834

Wexford Conservative – 1832 – 1842, 1844 – 1846

Wexford Independent – 1836, 1838 – 1842, 1858 – 1859, 1861 – 1871

Windsor and Eton Express – 1813 – 1819, 1821 – 1822, 1824 – 1831, 1833 – 1834, 1836, 1838, 1840 – 1843, 1847 – 1848, 1850 – 1851, 1859

Worcestershire Chronicle – 1844 – 1845

Yorkshire Evening Post – 1922

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer – 1877, 1954

 

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6 terrible love tips from history’s lonely hearts

Posted on February 13th, 2015 by The British Newspaper Archive

Lonely hearts columns aren’t a modern phenomenon. Search our historical newspapers and you’ll find numerous examples of ‘matrimonial advertisements’ from the 1800s and 1900s.

The notices can often make for amusing reading. We’ve collected together a few of our favourites to provide you with some tips for finding love. You may or may not want to take the advice…

 

1) Be overly specific and insulting

An American woman advertised for a husband in 1920, advising that he ‘can have any colour hair except red’. She also specified that he must not be ‘fresh from Ireland’.
 
An advert for a husband in the Lancashire Evening Post in 1920

Lancashire Evening Post – Monday 29 November 1920
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In 1933, a newspaper claimed that a Nazi was searching for a woman ‘rectangular in body and soul’. His advert stated that no ‘dancing dolls’ should apply.
 
Nazi advert for a wife, printed in the Gloucester Citizen in 1933

Gloucester Citizen – Tuesday 14 November 1933
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2) Use emotional blackmail

A German architect placed this advert in 1894. It was worded it as if it had been written by his son, a ‘very pretty little boy, age a year and a half, who has had the misfortune to lose his dear mamma’.
 
A matrimonial advert mentioned in the Leeds Times in 1894

Leeds Times – Saturday 12 May 1894
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3) Be brutally honest about what you need

When searching for a wife in 1832, a man from Dorset bluntly stated that ‘I do not want a second family. I want a woman to look after the pigs while I am out at work’.
 
An amusing advert for a wife was mentioned in the Dorset County Chronicle in 1832

Dorset County Chronicle – Thursday 23 August 1832
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A student placed this romantic notice in a French newspaper in 1863. He declared that he wished to meet ‘a young lady who will advance him money to finish his university career’.
 
A curious marriage advertisement was reported by the Bedfordshire Times and Independent in 1863

Bedfordshire Times and Independent – Tuesday 04 August 1863
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4) Describe your best assets

In this advertisement from 1899, a Japanese woman said she had ‘cloud-like hair, a flowery face, willow-like waist and crescent eyebrows’.
 
A Japanese matrimonial advert was published in the Dover Express in 1899

Dover Express – Friday 10 March 1899
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5) Go on about your ex

A woman searching for a second husband in 1931 specified that he ‘must be a Naval man like her first’. This, she said, was because he was ‘one of the best and I think there is none to beat them’.
 
The Portsmouth Evening News printed a widow's advert for a new husband in 1931

Portsmouth Evening News – Friday 21 August 1931
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6) Never give up your search

This final notice appeared in 1924, describing a 106-year-old woman’s search for a husband. She stated that she was looking for the type of man she used to meet in the ‘good old Victorian days’.
 
A 106-year-old woman's search for a husband was reported by the Dundee Courier in 1924

Dundee Courier – Saturday 01 November 1924
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Have you found any entertaining lonely hearts stories in the newspapers? Tell us about them in the comments section below.

 

 

10 million newspaper pages are now fully searchable

Posted on February 11th, 2015 by The British Newspaper Archive

Just a month after hitting the 9.5 million page milestone, we’re very pleased to announce that there are now 10 million historic newspaper pages available at The British Newspaper Archive.

The website launched with 4 million pages in November 2011, which means there’s now 150% more to explore. If you’ve not searched the collection for a while, it’s definitely time to try again.

 

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10 million newspaper pages at The British Newspaper Archive

More to search and a great-value subscription

It’s not just our coverage that has improved over the last few years. In 2011, a 30 day package was £29.95, but a 1 month subscription is now just £9.95.

Our subscriptions give you access to the whole collection of historic newspapers and you can keep the pages you view forever by saving them to your computer or printing them out.

 

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Thousands of pages are digitised every week and we’ve added some fantastic content in the last few months. Here are just some of our highlights – please do tell us yours in the comments section below.

Copies of the Daily Mirror and Sunday MirrorSearch the Daily Mirror's newspaper archive online

Did you know that you can search the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror from 1914-1918 at The British Newspaper Archive? The national newspapers provide fascinating daily news, photographs and illustrations from the First World War.

58 new Irish newspapers

We’ve been working hard on expanding our collection of newspapers from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in the last few months. At launch, seven Irish newspaper titles were available, but now you can search a total of 65.

Newspapers from World War Two

You can now search more than 350,000 pages from 1939-1945 at The British Newspaper Archive. 60 newspaper titles are already online, including the Aberdeen Weekly Journal, Lancashire Evening Post and Kent & Sussex Courier.

 

What would you like to see digitised? You can suggest and vote for newspaper titles by using our feedback forum.

 

How to search The British Newspaper Archive for a person’s name

Posted on January 20th, 2015 by The British Newspaper Archive

Newspaper articles can provide incredible detail about peoples’ lives, whether you’re looking for your ancestors or researching a particular character from history.

Watch this short video tutorial or follow the steps below to see how you can search the newspapers for a person’s name:
 

 
 

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Searching newspaper articles for an ancestor or person from history

 

  1. Enter the name of the person you’re looking for in the search bar at the top of the homepage. Put a double quote mark on each side of the name and click the ‘search’ button.
     
    The quote marks will make your search results more relevant because they tell the website that you’re looking for a phrase. This means your results will only include articles in which these words appear next to one another.
     
    Use double quote marks when searching newspapers for  an ancestor or person from history.
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  3. You may need to try alternative names to find the person you’re looking for. In this example we’ve included a middle name in our search, but Richard James Howard’s name might not have been included in an article in that exact way.
     
    Richard could have been referred to as Mr R Howard, Mr Howard or Richard Howard, so it’s worth searching for a few of these variations.
     
    If you’re looking for a woman, remember that she may have been recorded as the wife or daughter of somebody, rather than by her own name.
     
    Try some different name variations when you're searching The British Newspaper Archive for an ancestor or person from history.
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  5. You can also use extra information you know about the person to focus your results. In this example, we know that Richard Howard was a chimney sweep so we’ve entered that in the search bar too.
     
    Putting a + mark before the name you’re searching for will tell the website that while we’re interested in reports about chimney sweeps, they must always include the name ‘Richard Howard’.
     
    You can use extra information about your ancestor or the person you're searching The British Newspaper Archive for to focus your results.

 

 

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