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Hot off the Press – new titles this week

This week we have added 142,316 new pages to The Archive. We have published five brand new titles, including a brand new sporting title The Referee, with the other new titles covering the counties of Cumbria and Gloucestershire.

Our new sporting title, The Referee, features commentary and results for a plethora of sports, including swimming, gymnastics, racing and football. With editions spanning the latter half of the Victorian era, The Referee chronicles one of sport’s greatest rivalries, the Test cricket series contested between England and Australia.

Known as The Ashes since 1882 when Australia infamously defeated England at The Oval, The Referee charts the explosion of interest in the game. On the eve of the 1899 series, the paper records how “the popularity of the game is, however, now so great that the M.C.C. have been compelled to extend the accommodation for spectators.”

You can discover scorecards and player averages within the pages of The Referee. In the below example, three cricketing greats are showcased: Indian prince and England batsman K S Ranjitsinhji and his impressive top score of 234 not out, record breaking C B Fry and the legendary Doctor W G Grace.

The Referee | 31 August 1902

You can discover more about the other sporting titles included in The Archive by reading this blog post.

Two other titles added this week are the Lakes Chronicle and Reporter and the English Lakes Visitor. Both papers contain a wealth of information for those intending to visit the Lake District, including details of hotels and accommodation, tours to the graves of the area’s most famous inhabitants William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, as well as local news.

Lake Chronicle and Reporter | 07 February 1900

New Titles
The Referee 1877-1911
Penrith Observer 1860-1865, 1867-1875, 1877-1878, 1880-1895, 1897-1902, 1907-1910, 1912-1958
Lakes Chronicle and Reporter 1876-1881, 1883-1895, 1898-1910
English Lakes Visitor 1877-1888, 1890-1892, 1894-1895, 1897-1908, 1910
Cheltenham Journal and Gloucestershire Fashionable Weekly Gazette. 1825, 1827-1868
Updated Titles

This week we have updated some of our recently added titles.

You can learn more about each of the titles we have added to this week by clicking on their names. On each paper’s title page, you can read a FREE sample issue, learn more about our current holdings, and our plans for digitisation.

Newcastle Journal 1964-1967, 1971-1973
Music Hall and Theatre Review 1892-1894, 1897-1899, 1904-1907
Tralee Chronicle 1871-1880
Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser 1855
Cheltenham Examiner 1905-1913
Warrington Guardian 1888
Luton Reporter 1895-1896, 1898, 1900
Oxfordshire Telegraph 1861
Winsford & Middlewich Guardian 1888
Cirencester Times and Cotswold Advertiser 1856-1858

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


2 comments On Hot off the Press – new titles this week

  • Hi Catherine, Unfortunately the organisers have not yet confirmed the dates. Last year it was held on 20th of February, so it is likely to be later in the month. Check back again and I will update the page with the dates as soon as they are released. If you are looking for accommodation for a large group, you can browse Melbourne accommodation here . Regards, Jess

  • In the future are looking at more Birmingham newspapers from the Great War period. I.e. The Birmingham Weekly Post or the Illustrated Mercury ?

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