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.
|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
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.
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.