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Hot off the press – papers added this week

This past week we added significantly to our most recently added titles.  We added 112,987 pages to nine existing titles, and published three years (1890-1892) of the short-lived Scottish newspaper, the Brechin Herald and Angus and Mearns News. This paper covers both the historic eastern counties of Angus and Kincardineshire.

Local titles, such as the Brechin Herald and Angus and Mearns News, could often have very short runs. In a nineteenth century version of the .com boom the latter half of the century saw an explosion in the number of newspaper titles being printed.  Printers and other businessmen saw newspapers as a way to make money, and to promote their personal political ideals. These short-run regional titles are an invaluable source for local, social and family history.  As the editors of the paper sought to build a loyal readership they included a substantial amount of local stories which reveal a great deal about the life of the towns and regions the papers served.

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You can learn more about each of the titles we have added/updated this week by clicking on their names below. On each paper’s title page, you can learn more about our holdings and our plans for digitisation.

Years added
Abergavenny Chronicle 1890, 1892, 1894, 1900-1901
Alcester Chronicle 1864-1868, 1873, 1888, 1890-1893, 1897, 1900-1902, 1905-1907, 1909
Dudley Herald 1900
Eastern Daily Press 1875-1876, 1878-1890, 1896, 1901-1909
Milngavie and Bearsden Herald 1930-1934
Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 1890-1892, 1894-1896, 1899-1957
Shields Daily News 1864-1868, 1874, 1944-1945, 1951, 1953
Shipping and Mercantile Gazette 1882-1884
Tenby Observer 1888

You can keep up to date with all the latest additions by visiting the recently added page.  You can even discover what we’re going to add tomorrow!

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3 comments On Hot off the press – papers added this week

  • Would you please consider adding the “Liverpool Evening Express” for period 1930 to 1933?

    I’m currently researching articles on my grandfather’s (Dick Burke) boxing career and the Evening Express covered his career in great detail.


    • Hello Stephen, our current permissions for this title is limited to the War Years – however we are in consultation with this publisher and will keep you updated on any extension to our permissions.

  • As a major British city of considerable historical significance, have you considered Plymouth’s major newspaper, The Western Evening Herald (now the Plymouth Herald)? Also the Sunday Independent (formerly the Western Independent)?

    Many thanks for the great service.

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