This week we have added 131,950 new pages to The Archive. We have added ten new titles, which cover London and the counties of Cumbria, Cheshire, Lancashire and Oxfordshire. We have updated four of our existing titles too, which cover the county of Cumbria.
One of our new titles this week is the Norwood News, published thanks to our ongoing partnership with Trinity Mirror, now Reach plc. Editions from the Norwood News span the years 1868 to 1962, and feature local news stories from South London.
The late 1950s and early 1960s were a time of great change in daily life in the United Kingdom, something you can discover in the pages of the Norwood News. For example, 1959 saw London Transport decide to scrap trolleybuses, an electric bus that draws power from overhead posts.
The Norwood News laments the passing of the trolleybus in favour of its diesel-fueled alternative, with ‘dead overhead wires as their memorial.’ However, it does admit that the new buses will save both time and money, as trolleybuses, due to their sensitive electrical machinery, had to be washed by hand.
In March 1959 the 654 trolley made its final journey. Trolleybuses in the London area had made trips of over one million miles each. Vic Duke, who had been driving trolleys for over twenty years since their introduction in the 1930s, was at the wheel for its final journey.
Passengers did not seem to mourn the passing of the trolleybus, with Mrs Marie Kuhn of Upper Norwood stating after her first journey on bus number 154: “They’re much warmer and much more comfortable than the trolleybuses. The trolleys, which I have used for many years, were quite draughty and there wasn’t nearly so much leg room in them.”
|Norwood News||1868-1872, 1875-1945, 1959-1962|
|Westmorland Advertiser and Kendal Chronicle||1812-1821, 1823-1826, 1833|
|Hyde & Glossop Weekly News, and North Cheshire Herald||1860-1874|
|Soulby’s Ulverston Advertiser and General Intelligencer||1849-1874|
|Henley & South Oxford Standard||1885, 1891, 1893-1911|
|Ulverston Mirror and Furness Reflector||1860-1885|
|Cumberland & Westmorland Herald||1892-1895, 1897-1901|
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.
|English Lakes Visitor||1893|
|West Cumberland Times||1874-1875, 1878-1883, 1887|