While many are enjoying the summer holidays, we are continuing to bring you thousands of newspaper pages every week. This week we have added 371,962 pages.
We are celebrating the 90s with additions to 64 newspapers from Dover, Sutton Coldfield, Southall, Brent, Plymouth and more from 1990-1999. If you are feeling nostalgic, you can jump into these regional newspapers and take a journey back to the time of Margaret Thatcher, Doc Martens, the Spice Girls, and Mr Blobby.
You can now explore 6 brand-new newspapers available for the first time online including Trinidad Chronicle and Midland & Northern Coal & Iron Trades Gazette. Continue reading to about how women working in the coal mines were viewed in the 19th century and discover the miscellaneous news found in regional newspapers.
This week we have published over 10,000 pages of the Midland & Northern Coal & Iron Trades Gazette providing a fascinating insight into the history of the iron and mining industries. Each issue is filled with news of commercial and industrial actions, regulations, and trade reports from counties around England and Wales.
In the issue dated 4 August 1875, the paper debated whether or not women should work in the mines.
‘Women’s work is cheaper than the men’… ‘the dress won by the women is degrading to the sex, and I believe that it drowns all sense of decency. They have breeches that fasten round the waist without braces, they have no stays on, and they have a petticoat, but it is tucked up behind, on their shoulders, they have a man’s jacket, if it is wet, if it is fair, nothing in the summer. The women get as black and grimy as the men down the mines.’
With the Trinidad Chronicle, you will be able to discover the news from Britain for those living in Trinidad. You can read the Chronicle from 1864-1885. During that time Trinidad and Tobago were British colonies, but you can see the influence of the Spanish and French settlers. The newspaper holds numerous articles about French politics and markets. You will even come across articles written in Spanish.
Haltemprice & East Yorkshire Advertiser – We have brought you a weekly local newspaper from East Riding Yorkshire. Regional newspapers are a great source to get to know more about your local area. In the Haltemprice & East Yorkshire Advertiser, you can uncover stories about a proposal for a new golf course or a row over 100 trees that were illegally felled on the land between Sullivan Way and Hessle Foreshore. We even revealed this beautiful announcement of Bill and Ida Fleming’s diamond in 1995.
Surrey Independent and Wimbledon Mercury was a regional newspaper published every Saturday. It is filled with international and miscellaneous news such as how to make curried lentils. If you are interested you can put ‘one teacupful of lentils, half teaspoon of salt, half teaspoonful of curry powder, three slices of onion, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Place all in a stewpan, and cover with water, and cook until the stew be tender, taking care not to stir it very hard, as this would make it too pulpy.’
We also found the story of Maynard James Harrison who was arrested on suspicion of murdering Lucy Sand. If you’re interested in crime, you can follow this story in the crime records over on Findmypast. The records revealed that Harrison was discharged from prison and the charges against him were dropped.
The Leytonstone Express and Independent is another regional newspaper bringing us the news of Wanstead, Snaresbrook, Woodford, Stratford, and Neighbourhood. You will discover the stories of the local school board and elections. It also included some interesting book recommendations like this dictionary of Dickens characters.
Jarrow Guardian and Tyneside Reporter comes from the coal mining village in South Tyneside. The paper includes local and national news. Some issues include extracts from Punch, the weekly satirical magazine.
Reading through the Jarrow Guardian gives us excellent examples of how international news is reported around the world. The 6 January 1872 issue reported that ‘the New York grand jury has found some 15 indictments for felony against Tweed, and as many more against Connolly charging them with various crimes, arising out of Tammany frauds.’ William ‘Boss’ Tweed was the leader of the Tammany ring of New York, a group of corrupt politicians who defrauded the people of New York from their headquarters at Tammany Hall.
|Midland & Northern Coal & Iron Trades Gazette||1875-1884, 1886|
|Leytonstone Express and Independent||1877-1912|
|Jarrow Guardian and Tyneside Reporter||1872-1880, 1898, 1909-1910|
|Surrey Independent and Wimbledon Mercury||1882-1905|
|Haltemprice & East Yorkshire Advertiser||1995|
This week we have added more fantastic pages to 64 titles.