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To Worcester belongs the distinction of being served by the oldest surviving newspaper in the World. BERROW’S WORCESTER JOURNAL has appeared each week with unfailing regularity for more than 300 years. It was published irregularly from 1690 until 1709, the period following the deposing of James II which had seen the beginning of a free press in this country.

Before that time all printing had been rigorously controlled and newspapers suppressed except for those publishing official government announcements. Here you can read about the Journals amazing story by clicking the seven different chapters below.

Berrow's Worcester Journal archives

Original editions of Berrow's Worcester Journal are in storage and not open to inspection by the public.

However, the newspaper is available on microfilm at Worcestershire County Council's Family History Centre at Trinity Street, Worcester WR1 2PW. Telephone 01905 765922/765924. E-mail wlhc@worcestershire.gov.uk. Good luck with your research.


Full Chapter List
Chapter 1: A Place in History
Chapter 2: Enter Mr Berrow
Chapter 3: Fatalities in the City
Chapter 4: First Woman Editor
Chapter 5: Mayoral Conflict
Chapter 6: To The Present Day
Chapter 7: Newspaper History

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