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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week we have added 112,314 new pages to The Archive. We are delighted to see updates to over seventy of our existing titles, which cover locations across the British Isles and Ireland. As well as updating regional papers, there are updates to some of our specialist titles including sporting publication The Referee, and religious publication the Catholic Standard. Updates this week variously cover the years 1872, 1912 and 1959, with more extended additions joining the Fulham Chronicle.

We also have two brand new titles this week, London newspaper the Harrow Observer, and Nottinghamshire title the Mansfield and Sutton Recorder. The Harrow Observer has pages covering much of the twentieth century, whilst the Mansfield and Sutton Recorder covers the late twentieth century.

With an abundance of our updated titles and one of our new titles covering the year 1959, we take a look this week at the sixtieth anniversary of the opening of Britain’s first motorway, the M1. It’s hard to believe that something we take so much for granted now was such a novelty then, but sixty years ago on the 2 November the first stretch of British motorway was opened between Watford and Rugby, with extensions south to Edgware and north to Leeds following in later years.

M1 Under Construction | The Sphere | 13 June 1959

Updates to the Rugby Advertiser give a very special local viewpoint on the opening. Indeed, the newspaper comments that the opening of the M1, at least in their district, was ‘the greatest feat of roadmaking since the Romans laid the skeleton of the map of England. The Motorway’s construction is comparable with Robert Stephenson’s building of the London-Birmingham railway in the 1830s.’

The formal opening of the new motorway took place at Pepperstock, south of Luton, by the new Minister of Transport, Mr Ernest Marples. He gave a warning to users of the roadway; that with greater speeds the margin for error gets smaller, and that ‘new motoring techniques must be learned.’

Rugby Advertiser | 6 November 1959

The Rugby Advertiser‘s first impression of the motorway is one of ‘spaciousness and beauty, with none of the boredom associated with long straight stretches on the Continental highways.’ The 75 mile stretch cost more than £21 million to build, with 5,000 men being employed during the peak period of its construction.

Although the newly built M1 had certain restrictions – no pedestrians, learner-drivers, motorcycles under 50 cc, mopeds, bicycles and animals – there were initially no speed limits, crash barriers nor central reservations. On the 10 November 1959 the Rugby Advertiser reports on the tragedy of the first mortality on the motorway, with two lorry drivers – Alfred Charles Arnold and Gerald Anthony Canfield – being killed during an early foggy morning.

Thick Clouds of Fog on the M1 | The Sphere | 14 November 1959

The same article reports on the novelty that most modern users of the M1 are weary of – traffic: ‘Cars lined the approaches to all the public over bridges on the motorway during the week-end. There was more traffic…than on a busy summer’s day. Dozens of people stood along the bridges amazed by the number of cars speeding along in both directions.’

New Titles
Years Added
Harrow Observer 1921, 1945-1962, 1966-1973, 1975-1979
Mansfield & Sutton Recorder 1988, 1993-1994, 1996-1998
Updated Titles

This week we have updated seventy four of our existing titles.

You can learn more about each of the titles we add to every 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.

Years Added
Worthing Gazette 1959
Pearson’s Weekly 1912
Christchurch Times 1912
County Express 1912
Forres Elgin and Nairn Gazette, Northern Review and Advertiser 1912
Cumberland & Westmorland Herald 1912
Henley & South Oxford Standard 1912
Soulby’s Ulverston Advertiser and General Intelligencer 1912
West Cumberland Times 1912
Penrith Observer 1959
Workington Star 1912
The Referee 1912
Reading Evening Post 1968-1969
Islington Gazette 1912
Fulham Chronicle 1913, 1919-1922, 1934-1938, 1946-1949
Northern Constitution 1912
Carrickfergus Advertiser 1912
Exmouth Journal 1912
Barking, East Ham & Ilford Advertiser, Upton Park and Dagenham Gazette 1912
Brechin Advertiser 1959
Morecambe Guardian 1959
Portadown Times 1959
Clitheroe Advertiser and Times 1959
Denbighshire Free Press 1912
Ross Gazette 1912
Cambrian News 1912
Shields Daily News 1959
Witney Gazette and West Oxfordshire Advertiser 1912
Windsor and Eton Express 1912
Kilburn Times 1912
Northern times and weekly journal for Sutherland and the North 1912
North Star and Farmers’ Chronicle 1912
Ross-shire Journal 1912
Worthing Herald 1959
Bognor Regis Observer 1959
West Sussex County Times 1959
Rugby Advertiser 1959
Eastbourne Gazette 1959
Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard 1912
Skegness Standard 1959
Catholic Standard 1959
Tower Hamlets Independent and East End Local Advertiser 1911-1912
Northwich Guardian 1912
Hampshire Telegraph 1959
Montrose, Arbroath and Brechin review; and Forfar and Kincardineshire advertiser. 1959
Shepton Mallet Journal 1951-1952
Londonderry Sentinel 1959
Belfast Telegraph 1912
Barnsley Chronicle, etc. 1912
Ballymena Weekly Telegraph 1959
Shipley Times and Express 1959
Willesden Chronicle 1912
Southend Standard and Essex Weekly Advertiser 1912
Herts & Cambs Reporter & Royston Crow 1912
Londonderry Standard 1872
The Suffolk Chronicle; or Weekly General Advertiser & County Express. 1872
Leamington Advertiser, and Beck’s List of Visitors 1872
The Halesworth Times and East Suffolk Advertiser. 1872
Walsall Free Press and General Advertiser 1872
Kings County Chronicle 1872
West Somerset Free Press 1912
Army and Navy Gazette 1872
Leigh Chronicle and Weekly District Advertiser 1872
Hertfordshire Express and General Advertiser 1872
Kelso Chronicle 1872
Stonehaven Journal 1872
Tuam Herald 1872
Bell’s Weekly Messenger 1872
Kilkenny Journal, and Leinster Commercial and Literary Advertiser 1872
Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 1951
Cumberland and Westmorland Advertiser, and Penrith Literary Chronicle 1872
Tyrone Constitution 1872
Whitehaven News 1872
Croydon Guardian and Surrey County Gazette 1912

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