We added over 150,000 new newspaper pages last month!

Posted on June 10th, 2015 by Holly

We added an amazing 154,078 pages to the British Newspaper Archive last month, including 49,420 for the Saunders’s News-Letter  and 26,572 for the Sevenoaks Chronicle, Westerham Courier & Kentish Advertiser. These new additions took our total number of pages to 10,932,393 pages at the end of May!


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Thousands of new pages from local titles to explore

You’ll find a full list of last month’s additions below, with the new titles highlighted in bold. We hope you enjoy exploring!


Title Num of images
Aberdeen Journal, and General Advertiser for the North of Scotland 2,541
Aberdeen Weekly Journal and General Advertiser for the North of Scotland 424
Ashton and Stalybridge Reporter, etc. 1,384
Bedfordshire Times and Independent. 573
Birmingham Daily Gazette. 6,326
Buckingham Advertiser and North Bucks Free Press. 7,939
Buckingham Advertiser and Winslow and Brackley Record. 322
Buckingham Advertiser. 6
Cambridge Chronicle and Journal 1,544
Cambridge Independent Press 418
Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser. 614
Edinburgh Evening News 4,680
London Daily Chronicle and Clerkenwell News. 2,071
Saunders’s News-Letter 49,420
Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser. 397
Sevenoaks Chronicle, Westerham Courier & Kentish Advertiser. 26,572
Sheffield and Rotherham Independent 2,823
Sunderland Echo and Shipping Gazette. 8,723
The Aberdeen Journal and General Advertiser for the North of Scotland 436
The Ashton Reporter. 2,096
The Ashton Weekly Reporter, and Stalybridge and Dukinfield Chronicle. 438
The Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press. 7,171
The Bury free press 499
The Croydon Advertiser and Surrey County Reporter. 996
The Derbyshire Advertiser and Ashbourne, Uttoxeter and North Staffordshire Journal. 8,258
The Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal. 565
The Derry journal 1,090
The Driffield Times and General Advertiser. 213
The Falkirk Herald and Scottish Midlands journal 1,334
The Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian. 3,966
The Fife free press. 422
The Folkestone Herald, etc. 818
The Halifax Courier. 1,393
The Leeds Mercury. 2,878
The Leighton Buzzard Observer and Linslade Gazette. 3,831
The Southern Reporter 443
The Tiverton Gazette, East Devon Herald, etc. 454

The Quintinshill rail disaster

Posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Alex Cox

100 years ago today, the worst rail disaster in British history occurred at Quintinshill near Gretna Green in Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

On May 22nd 1915, a devastating crash involving a total of five trains, killed 226 people and injured a further 246. The vast majority of those killed were territorial soldiers of the 1/7th (Leith) Battalion, Royal Scots, on their way to participate in the Gallipoli campaign.

Disaster stuck when a troop train headed for Liverpool struck a passenger train that had been moved onto the main line at Quintinshill. Moments later, an express train smashed into the wreckage. The gas powered lighting system on the express train ignited, triggering a fierce blaze that engulfed all three as well as a further  two other undamaged trains in a matter of minutes.

Daily Record May 24th 1915


Many of the troops were killed as a result of the initial collisions although the fire proved equally devastating.  Due high levels of wartime traffic on the railways, railway companies had to pressed obsolete carriages with wooden bodies and frames into service. These carriages had very little crash resistance and were lit using the Pintsch gas system. When gas reservoirs attached to the underframe of the carriage ruptured, the escaping gas ignited from the coal burning fires of the engines. A lack of lack of available water meant that, despite the valiant efforts of Railway staff the Carlisle fire brigade, it was not possible to extinguish the blaze until the following day.

The troop train had consisted of 21 vehicles and apart from the rear six, which had broken away during the impact and rolled back along the line. The entire train was consumed in the fire.

Many bodies could not be recovered. Those that were recovered were buried together in a mass grave in Edinburgh’s Rosebank Cemetery.

Daily Post - May 25th 1915


The cause of the accident was ruled to be the malpractice of two signalmen, George Meakin, and James Tinsley. Both men were charged with manslaughter in England, then convicted of culpable homicide after trial in Scotland. After a year in prison, both Meakin and Tinsely were released and  re-employed by the railway company, although not as signalmen.

The Daily Mirror - September 16th 1915

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The Chelsea Flower Show In Historic Newspapers

Posted on May 20th, 2015 by Holly

The Chelsea Flower Show is a beloved national institution. Every year the great and good – and green-fingered! – descend upon West London to ogle each others’ offerings and occasionally throw shade on the sub-standard spots.

It’s an enduring tradition, and as our newspaper collection demonstrates, one which has fascinated observers all over the country for many decades…

Chelsea Flower Shocks

As is sometimes the case still today, things haven’t always run smoothly at Chelsea. In 1913 one punter’s dreams were dashed to petal-strewn pieces by a rogue piece of canvas, a tragedy significant enough to earn inches in the Lincolnshire Echo on 22 May 1913:

Chelsea Flower Show - Lincolnshire Echo - Thursday 22 May 1913 - Mishaps


Even a century ago, the Chelsea Flower Show attracted the aristocrats like bees to sweet pollen. Queen Alexandra’s visit to the show was reported by the Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Adviser in 1913.

Orchids were evidently the flower of the moment, as the Royals were apparently  very taken with them (thankfully their visit fell a day before the canvas disaster):

Chelsea Flower Show - Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Wednesday 21 May 1913 (2)


Innovation has always been celebrated at Chelsea, though hopefully modern bursts of ingenuity are more PETA-friendly:

Chelsea Flower Show - Sheffield Evening Telegraph - Friday 23 May 1913

Sheffield Evening Telegraph, Friday 23 May 1913


Above all, The Chelsea Flower Show is a place where people with a deep love of plants and growing come together to celebrate their passion.

The care involved when presenting the fruits of their labour has always impressed, as this final article from the Aberdeen Journal (20 May 1913) testifies:

Chelsea Flower Show - Aberdeen Journal - Tuesday 20 May 1913

Were your ancestors gardeners, or perhaps among the crowds at one of the Chelsea shows decades ago? Please share your family’s stories in the comments below – but remember to enjoy the great outdoors this week as well!


Waterloo and the British Press

Posted on May 18th, 2015 by Holly

This blog was submitted by Professor Brian Cathcart. Brian is a professor of journalism at Kingston University London. His book, The News From Waterloo: the race to tell Britain of Wellington’s victory, is published on 30 April by Faber & Faber, price £16.99


How long did it take for the news of Waterloo to reach London? In this bicentenary year of the battle it is something we might expect to know, but the facts turned out to be surprisingly elusive and the newspapers of the day proved vital in delivering a plausible answer.

There is what might be called an official narrative, which is that the Duke of Wellington’s official dispatch arrived late on the night of Wednesday, 21 June 1815, three days and a few hours after the victory was certain. The papers of the next day reported this jubilantly:



Delve a little deeper into the British Newspaper Archive, however, and it’s clear that unofficial reports arrived earlier.

One good if unexpected source is the Caledonian Mercury of Edinburgh that appeared the following Saturday. These reports (which I stumbled upon while sitting on my sofa at home with my laptop on my knee) were written in London on the evening of that Wednesday, hours before the official dispatch arrived.

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2. “Mr C of Dover”

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3. “Brussels”

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The Caledonian Mercury also referred to some different reports suggesting that there might have been, not a victory, but a defeat.

A look at the London Morning Chronicle published that Wednesday morning (21 June) adds some further complications. Here is something from page 3:


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This refers to the Tuesday evening – 24 hours and more before before the official messenger reached London.

And then there is this, also from that morning’s Chronicle (page 2):




According to the Morning Chronicle, therefore, its rival the Post had reported a great victory on the Tuesday morning, some 36 hours before the official dispatch. And this is confirmed by other papers, although sadly that special edition of the Post seems to be lost to us.

Who brought the news of Waterloo and when have been matters of interest to historians since the Victorian age and a variety of accounts have emerged over the years, but this range of newspaper reports alone (and there is much more in these papers) was enough to transform the picture.

They complicate matters, but they also trump many of the other tales in terms of credibility. These are not – as some are – urban legends. Nor are they based on casual or partisan reminiscences, written decades later, as others are. Instead we know they are contemporaneous to the events.

Of course this does not mean they could simply be taken at face value – it turned out, for example, that the announcement at Covent Garden was a hoax. But the newspapers of those days in June 1815 opened doors which had never even been tried before.

Added last month: 10 new titles and 145,000 new pages

Posted on May 13th, 2015 by Holly

April was a wonderful month for new publications, with 10 titles added to the British Newspaper Archive. These included the Berwickshire Advertiser for years between 1830-1955, The Derry Journal, and Glasgow Sentinel.


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You’ll find a full list of last month’s additions below, with the new titles highlighted in bold. We hope you enjoy exploring!


Aris’s Birmingham Gazette 1863, 1868 – 1870
Ayrshire Express 1863
Berwickshire Advertiser, The 1830, 1834, 1838, 1863, 1871, 1873, 1875 – 1876, 1878, 1880, 1915, 1931 – 1949, 1951 – 1955
Birmingham Daily Gazette 1863 – 1864
Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press 1948 – 1950, 1952 – 1955
Burnley Express 1887 – 1888
Burton Daily Mail 1917
Bury Free Press 1872, 1914
Clerkenwell News 1871
Coventry Standard 1868 – 1871
Cumberland Pacquet, and Ware’s Whitehaven Advertiser 1844 – 1846, 1867
Derry Journal 1825, 1835 – 1878, 1891 – 1903, 1916 – 1924, 1926 – 1929, 1937 – 1942
Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian 1894 – 1899, 1934, 1939 – 1945
Glasgow Courant 1746
Glasgow Sentinel 1850 – 1854
Gloucestershire Chronicle 1927
Gloucestershire Echo 1900
Greenock Advertiser 1871
Halifax Courier 1899
Hawick News and Border Chronicle 1889
Lancaster Gazette 1803
Leicester Daily Mercury 1877
Leicester Mail 1865 – 1870
Leighton Buzzard Observer and Linslade Gazette 1863 – 1889
Lincolnshire Free Press 1895 – 1899, 1911
Luton Times and Advertiser 1855
Newcastle Journal 1868 – 1870
Nottingham Gazette, and Political, Literary, Agricultural & Commercial Register for the Midland Counties. 1814 – 1815
Nottingham Review and General Advertiser for the Midland Counties 1825, 1827 – 1852
Nottinghamshire Guardian 1847
Portsmouth Evening News 1952
Prescot Reporter, and St. Helens General Advertiser 1875
Rochdale Observer 1857, 1868 – 1870
Salisbury and Winchester Journal 1751
Saunders’s News-Letter 1773, 1789, 1792 – 1793, 1796 – 1797, 1799, 1808 – 1811, 1860
Sheffield Independent 1911
Sheffield Iris 1841 – 1843
Tiverton Gazette (Mid-Devon Gazette) 1900
Ulster Gazette 1844
Walsall Advertiser 1879 – 1894, 1911 – 1915
Waterford Chronicle 1850
Yorkshire Early Bird 1910
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer 1955

How Britain celebrated VE day

Posted on May 8th, 2015 by Alex Cox

On 30 April 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in a Berlin bunker. After his death, Reichspräsident Karl Dönitz took the reins of power and headed a new administration known as the Flensburg Government. On May the 7th, Dönitz and his staff met with allied commanders in Reims, France to sign the formal act of military surrender ending nearly 6 years of total war in Europe.

Celebrations erupted throughout the world from Moscow to Melbourne. More than one million people took to the streets to celebrate and In London while crowds massed in Trafalgar Square and up the Mall to Buckingham Palace, where King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, appeared on the balcony of the palace before the cheering crowds. Even Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret were allowed to take part in the celebrations and wander incognito among the crowds.

On May 8th, exactly 70 years ago today, street parties were held in towns and villages the length and breadth of the country and local reporters were on hand to photograph and record the festivities.


Chelmsford Chronicle 11 May 1945


12 May 1945 Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette

12 May 1945 Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette


Gloucester Journal- 26 May 1945

Gloucester Journal- 26 May 1945


Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Saturday 19 May 19

Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette – Saturday 19 May 19


Writing a first-class History dissertation: How newspapers can help

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


Ruth Small studied History at Newcastle University and recently got in touch to tell us all about her dissertation.

She used The British Newspaper Archive in her research and was awarded a first-class mark, with some amazing comments about the originality of her work.

I wrote my History dissertation about the great fire of Newcastle and Gateshead, which occurred on 6 October 1854. It was a fire which led to an explosion in a warehouse of a magnitude that no one had ever witnessed before. Consequently, the newspaper reports also spread like wildfire, becoming national news within two days.

By using The British Newspaper Archive’s advanced search, it was easy to find reports about the disaster. Within seconds, I found out how it had affected both young and old, rich and poor, with some very graphic reports of a country in shock.

Newspaper reports about Newcastle’s great fire in 1854

It was mainly the poor that were affected as their housing was destroyed in the fire, but I was also able to find gems such as the Newcastle Courant’s feelings about Reverend John Storie’s scathing sermon, in which he declared that the fire was ‘God’s Judgement on an Ungodly City’. Unsurprisingly, the Courant was not very impressed by his opinion!
Reverend John Storie claimed that Newcastle's great fire in 1854 was 'God's Judgement on an Ungodly City'

Newcastle Courant – Friday 03 November 1854

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The London Daily News stated that the fire had been a case of ‘good timing’, clearing the town’s slums which had been riddled with cholera only the year before. The newspaper made comparisons with London’s great fire, which followed the plague in the seventeenth century.

With comments such as the ‘vast numbers of colliers who do not wash their skins for months’ an outraged Newcastle Courant stepped in to defend them stating categorically that they do wash every day ‘from head to foot’!
The London Daily News argued that the great fire of Newcastle and Gateshead in 1854 was a case of 'good timing'

London Daily News – Tuesday 10 October 1854

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Dissertation was ‘a truly original study’

I was able to investigate the extent of the reports, both the length of them and the national coverage. I found that there were 360 articles longer that one column reported in most corners of England, Scotland and Ireland, but surprisingly not in Wales.

Although reading through these took a few days, I dread to think how long this would have taken before digitisation, let alone the miles of travel involved!

I received some amazing comments, particularly regarding the originality of the dissertation; that it ‘represents a truly original study’ and ‘fills a huge gap in regional history research [also] emphasising the supra-regional national significance of the fire’. So all I can say is ‘thank you’ to The British Newspaper Archive!




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250,000 pages added, including the Daily Telegraph

Posted on April 2nd, 2015 by The British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive added 250,000 new pages last month, giving you lots of new stories to search.

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30 new titles, including the Daily Telegraph

The additions include copies of the Daily Telegraph from 1871, with more coverage coming soon. The national newspaper printed daily sports, crime, political and international news stories.

The Jersey Independent and Daily Telegraph, Walsall Advertiser and Whitby Gazette 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.


The newspaper archives of the Daily Telegraph are being made available online by The British Newspaper Archive


Bedfordshire Times and Independent – 1873, 1942, 1945 – 1949, 1952 – 1954

Berwickshire News and General Advertiser – 1954

Brighton Gazette – 1835

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press – 1951

Bucks Herald – 1933

Burton Daily Mail – 1915

Bury Free Press – 1874 – 1896, 1898 – 1901, 1911 – 1913, 1915 – 1935, 1950 – 1955

Cambridge Daily News – 1889, 1917 – 1920

Clerkenwell News – 1869 – 1870

Cork Advertising Gazette – 1855 – 1859

County Courts Chronicle – 1849, 1851, 1857, 1859, 1864, 1866 – 1867

Coventry Standard – 1837 – 1839, 1844, 1870

Cumberland and Westmorland Advertiser, and Penrith Literary Chronicle – 1855 – 1856, 1858 – 1859, 1861 – 1871

Cumberland Pacquet, and Ware’s Whitehaven Advertiser – 1777, 1780, 1785, 1787, 1789 – 1808, 1812 – 1836, 1838 – 1842, 1847 – 1849, 1854 – 1856, 1866, 1868 – 1869

Daily Record – 1917

Daily Telegraph & Courier (London) – 1871

Derbyshire Courier – 1888 – 1889, 1894, 1900 – 1911

Doncaster Gazette – 1870

Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser – 1893, 1895

Driffield Times – 1869 – 1888, 1890 – 1937, 1945 – 1949

Drogheda Journal, or Meath & Louth Advertiser – 1837

Dublin Correspondent – 1823 – 1825

Dublin Courier – 1762

Dublin Evening Post – 1778 – 1779, 1789 – 1790, 1869 – 1870

Dublin Medical Press – 1847

Dublin Monitor – 1845

Dundee, Perth, Forfar, and Fife’s People’s Journal – 1885, 1930

East Suffolk Mercury and Lowestoft Weekly News – 1858

Edinburgh Evening Courant – 1869

Express and Echo – 1939 – 1940

Falkirk Herald – 1932

Farmer’s Gazette and Journal of Practical Horticulture – 1867

Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian – 1900 – 1933, 1935 – 1938

Galway Vindicator, and Connaught Advertiser – 1862

Glossop Record – 1859 – 1871

Gloucester Journal – 1862, 1871 – 1873, 1883 – 1886, 1893

Gloucestershire Chronicle – 1839, 1841, 1843 – 1844, 1846 – 1847

Gloucestershire Echo – 1897, 1916

Grimsby Daily Telegraph – 1900

Halifax Courier – 1868 – 1869, 1877

Hartlepool Mail – 1878, 1892

Hawick News and Border Chronicle – 1904, 1909, 1914 – 1924, 1930 – 1936, 1938 – 1942

Hemel Hempstead Gazette and West Herts Advertiser – 1872, 1874 – 1876, 1879, 1881 – 1882, 1886, 1891

Holborn Journal – 1864 – 1865, 1868 – 1869

Isle of Wight Observer – 1869

Jersey Independent and Daily Telegraph – 1855, 1857 – 1862

Journal of the Chemico-Agricultural Society of Ulster and Record of Agriculture and Industry – 1850 – 1851

Lanarkshire Upper Ward Examiner – 1863

Lancashire Evening Post – 1898

Leamington Spa Courier – 1932, 1944

Leek Post & Times and Cheadle News & Times and Moorland Advertiser – 1898

Leicester Chronicle – 1819 – 1820

Lincolnshire Chronicle – 1850

Lincolnshire Free Press – 1850, 1876 – 1877, 1881, 1889

Liverpool Daily Post – 1871

Market Rasen Weekly Mail, and Lincolnshire Advertiser – 1879

Marylebone Mercury – 1863

Motherwell Times – 1914, 1923

Newcastle Chronicle – 1764 – 1768

Newry Examiner and Louth Advertiser – 1856, 1861

Newry Herald and Down, Armagh, and Louth Journal – 1864

Northern Whig – 1857, 1862

Nottingham Gazette, and Political, Literary, Agricultural & Commercial Register for the Midland Counties – 1813

Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette – 1870

Portsmouth Evening News – 1954

Pue’s Occurrences – 1719, 1749

Rochdale Observer – 1860 – 1861, 1863, 1865, 1867, 1869 – 1870

Salisbury and Winchester Journal – 1751

Saunders’s News-Letter – 1774 – 1787, 1794 – 1795

Scottish Banner – 1859

Scottish Guardian, Glasgow – 1856

Sheffield Independent – 1911

South Eastern Gazette – 1852 – 1854, 1856 – 1865

Sportsman, The – 1871

Teesdale Mercury – 1856, 1870

Tipperary Vindicator – 1869 – 1870

Tiverton Gazette (Mid-Devon Gazette) – 1865, 1876, 1879, 1889

Volunteer Service Gazette and Military Dispatch – 1859 – 1863

Walsall Advertiser – 1879 – 1885, 1895 – 1896, 1898 – 1910

Weekly Vindicator – 1847, 1849

Wetherby News, and Central Yorkshire Journal – 1877, 1879

Whitby Gazette – 1854 – 1892, 1895, 1897 – 1918

Yorkshire Evening Post – 1950


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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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How to save articles from The British Newspaper Archive


  1. Use the ‘Download’ option at the top of our image viewer to download a PDF of the whole newspaper page.
    Use The British Newspaper Archive's Download button to save a newspaper page to your computer.

  3. Open the file and then click the disk icon at the bottom of the page to save it to your computer.
    Save a whole newspaper page to your computer

  5. To save a single article or image, go back to the image viewer. Click the ‘All Articles’ option on the left-hand side of the page to get rid of any highlighting.
    Click the All Articles link at The British Newspaper Archive to remove highlighting.

  7. Use the bottom icon on the image viewer to make the newspaper fill your whole screen. You can then zoom and move the page to focus on what you want to save.
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  9. If you’re using a Windows PC, your computer should have a ‘Snipping Tool’ installed on it. You can find it by opening your computer menu and searching for snipping tool.
    If you’re using a Mac instead, you can use the ‘Grab’ tool which works in a similar way.
    Search your computer for the snipping tool

  11. Draw around the article or image you want to save. You can then click on the disk icon and save it to your computer as a JPEG file.
    Save a newspaper article from The British Newspaper Archive to your computer

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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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