New titles added 23 October 2017 | The British Newspaper Archive Blog


Hot off the press – new titles added this week

This past week we added 121,544 pages to the Archive.  We have 4 brand new titles, and added new years to twenty-seven existing titles.  Our new titles are for Lincolnshire, Somerset and Herefordshire in England, and Rhyl in Wales.

The Bridgwater Mercury, also known as The West Counties Herald was published in Somerset, England.  The Ross Gazette was published in Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire, and we have years ranging from the late 1860s to the early twentieth century.  County borders in Wales have changed significantly over the years and The Rhyl Journal, which would now be based in Denbighshire will bring you news of historic Flintshire.

You can learn more about each of the titles we have added to 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.

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New Titles
Years added
Bridgwater Mercury 1857-1860
Epworth Bells, Crowle and Isle of Axholme Messenger 1873-1904
Rhyl Journal 1877-1878, 1888-1889, 1891, 1897
Ross Gazette 1867-1881, 1883, 1885-1890, 1893-1896, 1898-1909


Our new Lincolnshire title is The Epworth Bells, Crowle and Isle of Axholme Messenger.

Ring out the old

Ring in the new

Ringout the False

Ring in the True

Epworth Bells, Crowle and Isle of Axholme Messenger – Saturday 12 July 1873

The Epworth Bells, Crowle and Isle of Axholme Messenger is still published today and carries the same quote from Tennyson in its banner as it did in the 1880s.  This intriguing paper started out as a single sheet ‘given with Saturday’s local papers’.

A truly local paper, starting on the 3 May 1873 it ran a series of articles which gave details of every gravestone, with maps, in Epworth Churchyard.  We doff our caps to F. Barnes for having the foresight to create such a valuable resource.

The paper grew from a single sheet, to a 4 page paper between the 1870s and early 1900s.  A weekly paper, the close proximity to the Yorkshire border means the paper carries news for Doncaster as well as Crowle, and the Isle of Axholme.



Updated Titles

Updating our holdings of existing titles is an important part of what we do here at the Archive.  As we discover more material at the British Library, and sign agreements with publishers we can bring you more and more newspapers every week.  This week we filled some gaps in Lloyd’s List and returned to some of our older titles to update our coverage.

Years added
Aberdeen Evening Express 1977-1978
Aberdeen Press and Journal 1978
Annandale Observer and Advertiser 1890
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald 1881, 1898
Barking, East Ham & Ilford Advertiser, Upton Park and Dagenham Gazette 1910
Chard and Ilminster News 1887
Daily Herald 1952-1956, 1958, 1961
Darlington & Stockton Times, Ripon & Richmond Chronicle 1849, 1852, 1856, 1858, 1896
Dudley Herald 1898
East Anglian Daily Times 1900
Eastern Daily Press 1891
Glasgow Evening Citizen 1868
Gravesend Reporter, North Kent and South Essex Advertiser 1896, 1898-1906
Greenock Advertiser 1873
Hants and Berks Gazette and Middlesex and Surrey Journal 1903-1910
Lanarkshire Upper Ward Examiner 1879-1887, 1890-1891
Leigh Journal and Times 1885, 1888-1889
Leitrim Advertiser 1900
Lloyd’s List 1888, 1893, 1910
Paisley & Renfrewshire Gazette 1877
Pateley Bridge & Nidderdale Herald 1889, 1899
Rugby Advertiser 1906
Salisbury and Winchester Journal 1897
Shipley Times and Express 1876-1881, 1885, 1897
Southern Echo 1897-1898
Weston-super-Mare Gazette, and General Advertiser 1868-1871, 1873-1876, 1887, 1897, 1908-1910
Winsford & Middlewich Guardian 1896

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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