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Hot off the Press – New titles this week


We are excited to bring you another 305,497 newspaper pages.  We have brought you a massive update to over 120 of our existing titles plus eleven brand-new titles.  The new titles span 140 years of history with the latest title New Observer of Bristol published in 1994. This week’s incredible release brings us stories of local writers and royal weddings.  We can read about history as it happened and track the progress of women’s rights and the American civil war.


Bristol Observer Masthead


We have brought you two new titles from the 1990s.  The Holderness Advertiser is filled with stories about local residents and feel-good stories.  Including the unique story about local resident Nigel who enjoyed walking his pet ferrets.  The New Observer (Bristol)  was a Friday newspaper filled with local news and newspapers.   It was published every week with stories about local artists, holiday schemes and even a report of a gas explosion. Each edition included a local diary providing a full list of all the local events in the area like charity fundraisers or lecturers.   We found a report from 1994 about local resident and recently published author, Mavis Danks.  Danks published her memoir about working in the Women’s Timber Corp, titled Lumber Jill.

‘Mavis was among the first to be assigned to the corps which was set up to release men from the forest and sawmills to fight the war….felling trees for pit props, barricades, telegraph poles, barricades and railway sleepers.’

Newpaper article of local resident with her new book about the Timber Corps
New Observer (Bristol) | 6 May 1994


The Worcester Daily Times and Journal brings us news of royalty gossip alongside international events and local happenings.  In 1898, the Worcester Daily Times reported on the warm congratulations from the Queen to the Earl of Coventry on the occasion of his daughter’s wedding.  Lady Anne Blanche Coventry married Prince Victor Albert Jay Duleep Singh.  The article continued on to report that the true love match did run smoothly at first.

Article from the Worcester Times about the wedding of Prince Victor and Lady Coventry
Worcester Daily Times and Journal | 4 January 1898


‘There was considerable opposition to the match, which was mainly overcome by the perseverance of the bridegroom and the kindly intervention of the Prince of Wales.’



Another new title we have added is the Brighton Argus from 1910.  The newspaper brings you all the local news and intrigue from murder charges to a bicycle their being captured.  The articles are short but no less exciting.  We also love the pages of classified advertisements available.

Further North, we have published the Halstead Gazette.  This weekly Essex newspaper gives you longer-form articles.  In the first issue of the Halstead Gazette we have available online, the paper announced that the new provisions of the Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Act were to come into effect.  The new provisions advanced the rights of women and protected their property and earnings from deserted husbands or their deserted husbands’ creditors.  The passing of this act marked a milestone in women’s rights.

Married women's right to property
Halstead Gazette | 7 January 1858


We have brought you two brand new Welsh newspapers, the Pembrokeshire Herald Local newspapers are excellent for discovering local birth, marriage and death records.  Another local title we have added is the Andover Advertiser and North West Hants Gazette of Hampshire.  Regional papers will also provide you will excellent details about local events, such as

Newspaper clip of a lecture at Whitchurch town hall
Andover Advertiser and North West Hants Gazette | 17 October 1862

the lecture that took place at Whitchurch town hall on homoeopathy.  ‘A lecture was delivered at the Town hall on ‘Homeopathy’ H F Fountain, Esq.  The lecturer riveted the attention of a delighted audience with his forcible address and well times illustrations.’

We have also published the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph.  The 28 December issue from 1853 celebrated the incredible achievement of the opening of the South Wales Railway to Haverford.



The Boston Gazette, the latest Saturday newspaper from Lincolnshire, brings us both international and domestic news.  The incredible pages from 1861 show early reporting of the American Civil War.  At the time the world was yet to understand the scale of the conflict.  The Boston Gazette had the headline ‘Revolution in the United States’ and reprinted a letter from an Alabama resident.  The American described the events when the Alabama governor ordered the ceasing of the state arsenal.  There were also reports of forts in Mississippi and Florida being attacked.  You can read history as it happened.

Newspaper clipping about the early days of the American Civil War
Boston Gazette | 9 February 1861




New Titles

We have added eleven new titles to The Archive.

Title  Year Range
Andover Advertiser and North West Hants Gazette 1862
Boston Gazette 1861
Brighton Argus 1910
Halstead Gazette 1858-1859, 1869
Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph 1854, 1862, 1877
Holderness Advertiser 1995
Ilkley Free Press 1890
New Observer (Bristol) 1994
Pembrokeshire Herald 1865, 1871
Torquay Chronicle and South Devon Advertiser 1862
Worcester Daily Times and Journal 1898


Updated Titles

This week we bring you a massive update to 121 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, and learn more about our current holdings, and our plans for digitisation.

Title Years Added
Ayr Advertiser 1892
Barnsley Telephone 1911
Belfast Weekly News 1855
Belper & Alfreton Chronicle 1898
Berkshire Chronicle 1913
Beverley Advertiser 1993
Beverley Guardian 1862, 1879
Billingham & Norton Advertiser 1994
Birmingham Daily Post 1910, 1996-1998
Birmingham Mail 1964, 1968, 1971, 1974-1976, 1978, 1997
Blackburn Standard 1897
Bognor Regis Observer 1880
Border Advertiser 1890
Boston Spa News 1879
Boston Target 1994
Bracknell Times 1999
Bray and South Dublin Herald 1915
Bridlington Free Press 1862
Brighton Herald 1861-1862
Buckinghamshire Examiner 1999
Burntwood Mercury 1993
Burton Daily Mail 1998
Buxton Advertiser 1878
Cambridge Daily News 1997
Cambridge Town Crier 1988-1989
Carlow Post 1877
Carmarthen Journal 1999
Caterham Mirror 1986
Chelsea News and General Advertiser 1994
Chorley Standard and District Advertiser 1885-1886
Crosby Herald 1994
Croydon Times 1885-1887, 1890
Daily Record 1997
Dewsbury Reporter 1889, 1897-1898, 1900
Dorset County Chronicle 1875, 1877, 1889
Dover Express 1993
Dublin Shipping and Mercantile Gazette 1869-1870
East Cleveland Herald & Post 1994
Eddowes’s Shrewsbury Journal 1861, 1876
Fife News 1883
Fraserburgh Herald and Northern Counties’ Advertiser 1950
Galloway News and Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser 1995
Glasgow Evening Times 1880
Grimsby Daily Telegraph 1999
Haddingtonshire Courier 1892
Halifax Evening Courier 1877
Harrogate Herald 1857
Hawick News and Border Chronicle 1890
Hemel Hempstead Gazette and West Herts Advertiser 1889
Herts Guardian 1879
Hinckley Herald & Journal 1993
Hinckley Times 1999
Hoddesdon and Broxbourne Mercury 1999
Huddersfield Daily Examiner 1999
Huntingdon Town Crier 1988
Ireland’s Saturday Night 1930
Isle of Wight Mercury 1856
Kelso Mail 1892
Kent & Sussex Courier 1993
Lancashire Evening Post 1922-1923
Lancaster Guardian 1869, 1919-1920, 1924
Leigh Chronicle and Weekly District Advertiser 1877, 1879
Liverpool Mercury 1872
Londonderry Sentinel 1849-1850
Long Eaton Advertiser 1999
Loughborough Mail 1999
Ludlow Advertiser 1910-1911
Maghull & Aintree Star 1993
Man of Ross and General Advertiser 1862
Market Rasen Weekly Mail 1857, 1862, 1889
Merthyr Express 1993
Middlesbrough Herald & Post 1994
North Wales Weekly News 1993-1994
Northampton Herald & Post 1993
Norwich Mercury 1889
Nottingham Review 1811-1817
Nuneaton Chronicle 1950-1956
Oadby & Wigston Mail 1999
Ormskirk Advertiser 1993
Ossett Observer 1866
Peterborough Advertiser 1862, 1872
Pontypridd Observer 1990
Prescot Reporter 1879
Retford, Worksop, Isle of Axholme and Gainsborough News 1873
Ruislip & Northwood Gazette 1994
Scottish Press 1855
Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 1994
Sheffield Daily News 1856, 1858
South Bucks Free Press 1856
South Western Star 1950-1962
Southport Visiter 1993
Sports Argus 1997
Staffordshire Newsletter 1999
Staines Informer 1993
Stanmore Observer 1993
Sunbury & Shepperton Herald 1993
Surrey Gazette 1878
Surrey Herald 1992
Surrey Mirror 1993, 1995
Sutton Coldfield Observer 1993-1994
Sydenham Times 1872
Tenby Observer 1879
Thame Gazette 1889
The People 1989
Torbay Express and South Devon Echo 1923
Torquay Directory and South Devon Journal 1855, 1864
Uttoxeter Newsletter 1992-1993
Uxbridge Informer 1993
Uxbridge Leader 1993
Waltham Abbey and Cheshunt Weekly Telegraph 1876
Walton & Weybridge Informer 1995
Warwick and Warwickshire Advertiser 1857, 1862
Waterford Mirror and Tramore Visitor 1860
Wellingborough & Rushden Herald & Post 1995
Wetherby News 1857
Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 1994
Witness (Belfast) 1901, 1930
Wokingham Times 1999
Wrexham Guardian and Denbighshire and Flintshire Advertiser 1879
Y Gwyliedydd 1884, 1888, 1890, 1893-1894
Yarmouth Mercury 1912








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