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The Hop-Pickers’ Holiday – A Collision of City and Rural Life

At the beginning of September 1936 the Nottingham Evening Post describes ‘an invasion’ taking place in Kent. But this wasn’t an invasion of a military kind. It was in fact an invasion of hop-pickers, arriving in the county for the hop-picking season. The annual trek of 40,000 hop-pickers to the green fields of Kent has begun, with an invasion of caravans, horse drawn lorries, cars, covered wagons, perambulators and even London taxis. Our photo shows hop-pickers at work at Paddock

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Hot off the press – new titles added this week

This week 134,952 have joined the Archive.  We have added two home counties titles for England, The East Kent Gazette and the Bucks Examiner for Buckinghamshire.  We have also added to ten of our existing titles, details of those updated are in a table at the end of this post. Newspapers often change their names, as they are bought out by competitors and expand, or contract, their reach.  Both of our new titles underwent name changes over the years, if

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Charles Dickens and a ‘diabolical’ crime in Kent

Charles Dickens

The lovely people at history magazine Bygone Kent got in touch to share the shocking stories they’ve uncovered about Charles Dickens’ life in Higham, Kent. We’d love to hear about your own discoveries – email press@britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk to tell us about them.     A ‘diabolical attempt’ to overturn the carriage of Charles Dickens while it drove through his home village has been discovered by local historian and journalist Andrew Rootes, editor of Bygone Kent. The incident was uncovered in The

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Top tip: How to find newspapers from your county

This handy step-by-step guide will help you find out which newspapers are available from a particular county at The British Newspaper Archive. Watch this short video or follow the five simple steps below.     Search the newspapers     See which of your county’s newspaper archives are online From the homepage, click on the ‘choose a county’ dropdown menu.     Scroll down until you find the county you’re interested in and click on it.     You can

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