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Welsh newspapers

Exploring Welsh newspapers

Here on The British Newspaper Archive, we hold 43 Welsh newspapers. With an ever-growing collection, it is useful to periodically check our titles page to see what has been added. To assist in this, you can narrow your newspaper title search by country, allowing you to quickly see what papers are available for a given country:

Sorting newspaper titles by country

This nifty feature allows you to narrow your search to just the historic newspapers from Wales (or Ireland, Scotland, or England). This is particularly useful if you are only interested in how Welsh newspapers covered specific news. Additionally, if you are researching local Welsh events, it makes sense to narrow your efforts to those newspapers from Wales.

Included in our 43 Welsh titles, we have 3 Welsh-language newspapers: Baner ac Amserau CymruY Genedl Gymreig, and Y Goleuad.

Wales has one national daily newspaper: Western Mail. The paper began its run in 1869. Our coverage of the paper includes those first years of the paper as well as the years through the Second World War.

Our Welsh titles

Below you can explore our full list of Welsh newspaper titles, including the years we have on our site and the regional coverage of each newspaper.

Aberdare Times 1889 South Wales
Abergavenny Chronicle 1871-1890, 1892-1894, 1896-1901 South Wales
Aberystwyth Times 1868-1870 West Wales
Baner ac Amserau Cymru 1857-1870, 1872-1896, 1899-1900 North Wales
Brecon Reporter and South Wales General Advertiser 1863-1867 Mid Wales
Cambrian News 1863-1868, 1874-1875, 1881-1883, 1885-1889, 1891-1896, 1898-1909 West Wales
Cardiff and Merthyr Guardian, Glamorgan, Monmouth, and Brecon Gazette 1832-1838, 1841, 1843, 1845-1874 South Wales
Cardiff Times 1858-1900 South Wales
Cardigan & Tivy-side Advertiser 1870, 1877, 1879 Mid Wales
Carmarthen Weekly Reporter 1860-1871, 1873-1897 South Wales
Chepstow Mercury, Volunteers’ Gazette, Monmouthshire & South Wales Advertiser 1874 South Wales
Chepstow Weekly Advertiser 1857, 1859-1862, 1864-1865, 1867-1870, 1872, 1874-1875, 1878, 1883-1888, 1890-1896, 1898-1907 South Wales
Denbighshire Free Press 1884-1895, 1898-1911 North Wales
Glamorgan Free Press 1897, 1899 South Wales
Llandudno Register and Herald 1873, 1889 North Wales
Merthyr Telegraph, and General Advertiser for the Iron Districts of South Wales 1855-1881 South Wales
Merthyr Times, and Dowlais Times, and Aberdare Echo 1892-1899 South Wales
Monmouthshire Beacon 1837-1872, 1874-1877, 1888-1895, 1897-1900, 1909-1910 South Wales
Monmouthshire Merlin 1829-1872, 1874-1884 South Wales
Montgomery County Times and Shropshire and Mid-Wales Advertiser 1893-1900 Mid Wales
Montgomeryshire Echo 1891-1895, 1897-1909 Mid Wales
Montgomeryshire Express 1875-1876, 1878, 1880, 1883-1886, 1891-1892, 1895, 1906-1907 Mid Wales
North Wales Chronicle 1827-1869, 1871-1873, 1875-1895, 1897, 1899-1900 North Wales
North Wales Times 1895-1910 North Wales
Penarth Chronicle and Cogan Echo 1889, 1893, 1895 South Wales
Pontypool Free Press 1859-1865, 1867-1896, 1898-1903, 1905-1909 South Wales
Potter’s Electric News 1858-1859, 1861-1863, 1865-1868 West Wales
The Principality 1848-1850 South Wales
Rhyl Journal 1877-1878, 1888-1889, 1891, 1897 North Wales
Rhyl Record and Advertiser 1878-1902 North Wales
Silurian, Cardiff, Merthyr, and Brecon Mercury, and South Wales General Advertiser 1838-1843, 1845-1846, 1850-1855 Mid Wales
South Wales Daily News 1872-1909 South Wales
South Wales Daily Post 1893-1895, 1897, 1902-1909 South Wales
South Wales Echo 1880-1882, 1885-1900 South Wales
South Wales Star 1891-1894 South Wales
Tenby Observer 1869-1876, 1884-1888 West Wales
Usk Observer, Raglan Herald, and Monmouthshire Central Advertiser 1855-1866 South Wales
Western Mail 1869-1871, 1873-1895, 1900, 1914-1918, 1939-1945 National
Wrexham Advertiser 1854-1871, 1873-1878, 1880-1885, 1887-1888, 1890-1896, 1899-1900 North Wales
Wrexham Guardian and Denbigshire and Flintshire Advertiser  1869-1879 North Wales
Wrexhamite and Denbigshire and Flintshire Reporter  1865 North Wales
Y Genedl Gymreig 1877-1881, 1883-1885, 1887-1896, 1898-1909 North Wales
Y Goleuad 1869-1890, 1892, 1894-1900 North Wales

Regional newspapers allow for great location-specific finds, such as recipes for local dishes like these domestic recipes printed in the Rhyl Record and Advertiser. If your interests run toward folklore, Welsh newspapers have given the topic some consideration: ‘The Meaning of Llanpumpsaint’ and news of the Folklore Society. Historic newspapers are also a great resource for researching local history and events.

MERTHYR LOCAL INTELLIGENCE. THE LATE ACCIDENT ON THE VALE OF NEATH RAILWAY.—An adjourned inquest was held on Tuesday, at the Musical Hall, Penydarran, before G Overton, Esq., on the body of Rees Wiliams, late guard on the Vale of Neath Railway. The poor fellow, it will be remembered, was found between the rails near Hirwain last week, but no one could give any information at the time respecting the cause of death. At the inquest it was given in evidence that he was seen sitting on the break before the last engine–two engines being used on the goods trains—and was seen to fall off on the rails. Another witness deposed to finding him on the line, his head cut up to pieces; and from the evidence of others, guards and engine drivers, it was clearly shown that the poor fellow’s fate was due to his own imprudence. The jury returned a verdict “that he was accidentally run over by an engine”.’  Cardiff Times | 13 May 1864

Perhaps you’ll find notice of your ancestor’s wedding, or be lucky enough to find a golden anniversary announcement like this one, which includes photographs of the husband and wife:

golden wedding
Golden anniversary | Western Mail | 21 December 1939

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