This major collection brings together all known issues of newspapers for a broad range of towns throughout England and provides resources essential for scholars' understanding of the vitality and diversity of life in the 18th century.
Provincial newspapers are a key source of information on national as well as local affairs. Many were already firmly established by the time of the first publication of The Times in January 1785. The identity and date of the first English provincial newspaper is uncertain, but by 1712, 15 had been established and by the end of the century there were more than 50.
Complete Collection: 125 reels in four series
Series One: Bath Newspapers
Bath was considered the foremost English spa of the 18th century and a focal point of cultural and social activity. For most of the second half of the century, the town supported two long-running newspapers, The Bath Journal and The Bath Chronicle, both of which are included in this collection.
Series Two: Derby Newspapers
During the 18th century, Derby was an important center of business, industry and social life. It was the focus of the local iron and coal industries and the surrounding agricultural community and experienced dramatic growth in its silk and cotton manufacturing industries during this era.
Series Three: Ipswich Newspapers
One of the leading business and market towns of East Anglia, Ipswich in the 18th century was a thriving port and the administrative and market center for Suffolk and Norfolk. Its prosperity was closely linked to that of the region as a whole, which moved towards a predominantly agricultural economy as its traditional textile industries declined.
Series Four: Newcastle-upon-Tyne Newspapers