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Newspapers

There are a number of newspapers that cover Cumbria. They often contain details of births, marriages and deaths and other articles of interest to the genealogist. In the 19th Century though, most local newspapers were not as we know them today and although they carried local news they also carried national and international news, it is probably only in the second half of the 19th century that the National Newspapers started to be available once they could be distributed by rail. Higher society events would have course be published in newspapers like the Times as well as in local editions. A list of newspapers for the county togther with the years of publication and the location of the archive is given below.

County Name Established Available Online BNA
CULAdairs Maryport Advertiser 1853 - 1905 held at Maryport Library
CULAlston Herald and East Cumberland Advertiser 1874 - 1881 held at Alston Library c 18741880
WESAmbleside Herald 1880 - 1887 held at Kendal Library
LANBarrow Guardian 1910 - 1947 held at Barrow
LANBarrow Herald 1864 - 1914 held at Barrowc 18631874, 1880-1890
LANBarrow News 1883 - 1986 held at Barrow
CULCarlisle Express and Examiner 1857 - 1913 held at Carlisle Library 18701872, 1874-1876, 1878-1879, 1881-1887, 1890-1895
CULCarlisle Journal 1801 - 1968 Carlisle Library 17981801-1805, 1810-1811, 1814-1815, 1818-1820, 1833-1867, 1870, 1877-1878, 1881-1912
CULCarlisle Patriot 1815 - 1910 Carlisle Library 18151816-1873 (missing: Mar 1821-Sep 1822, Jan-May 1825, 28 eds. of 1830, Dec 1873), 1877, 1885-1887, 1889-1891, 1895, 1897
CULCumberland and Westmorland Advertiser and Penrith Literary Chronicle 10 July 18551855-1856, 1858-1859, 1861-1874
CULCumberland and Westmorland Herald 1860 to date held at Penrith Library 13 Feb 18691869-1895 (missing: Jan 1869, Aug 1869 - Oct 1870), 1897-1912
CULCumberland News 1910 to date held at Carlisle Library
CULCumberland Pacquet and Ware's Whitehaven Advertiser 1774 - 1915 held at Carlisle, Whitehaven, Workington, Penrith, Kendal17741777-1783 (missing: 16 Nov 1779 - 24 Oct 1780), 1785-1808 (missing: 21 eds 1801, most of 1802), 1811-1871 (missing: 28 eds 1832, Nov-Dec 1848, 18 eds 1857, 15 eds 1862 +1865 each), 1874, 1877, 1889-1893, 1895-1896
CULEnglish Lakes Visitor 1877 - 1910 held at Carlisle Library 26 May 18771877-1888, 1890-1895, 1897-1908, 1910
CULEvening News 1910 to date held at Carlisle Library
CULEvening Star 1929 - 1967 held at Workington Library
LANGrange Visitor 1875 - 1891 held at Kendal Library
WESKendal and County News 1888 - 1899 held at Kendal Library
WESKendal Herald 1864 - 1866 held at Kendal Library
WESKendal Mercury 1834 - 1917 held at Kendal Library 17 May 18341834-1871, 1873-1880
WESKendal Weekly Courant 1731-32 held at Kendal Library
CULKeswick Reminder 1915 to date held at Keswick Library
CULLakes Herald 1880 - 1916 held at Kendal Library27 Mar 18801880-1916 (missing: 26 May - Dec 1916)
WESLakes Chronicle and Reporter19 May 18751875-1895, 1898-1910 (missing: 09 Jun - Dec 1910)
LANLancaster Gazette 1801 - 1850 held at Kendal Library and Barrow20 Jun 18011801-1836, 1838, 1841-1848 (missing: 06 Apr - Dec 1842), 1850-1885 (missing: 21 Sep - Dec 1850), 1887-1894 (missing: Jul - Dec 1894)
LANLancaster Guardianc 18371855, 1857, 1860-1862, 1866, 1877, 1894, 1937-1939, 1941-1956
LANLancaster Standard and County AdvertiserApr 18931894-1896, 1898-1909 (missing: 17 Sep - Dec 1909)
CULMaryport Advertiser2 Sep 18531853, 1862-1864, 1866-1895, 1897-1905
WESMillom Gazette 1892 - 1933 held at Barrow, Whitehaven18901892-1933 (missing: Jan - 11 Jun 1892, 26 Aug - Nov 1927, May - Dec 1933)
LANMorecambe Guardianc 19201922, 1924, 1927-1935, 1938-1940, 1946, 1948-1949, 1951-1953, 1955-1959
NBLNewcastle Courant 1711 - 1800 held at Carlisle Library, Kendal Library, Whitehaven
LANNorth Western Daily Mail 1898 - 1940 held at Barrow6 Jan 18661911
LANNorth West Evening Mail 1941 to date held at Barrow
NBLNorthumberland Reformer (Northern News from 1896)28 Jan 18901 (missing: 28 Jan - 04 Apr 1890), 1893-1896, 1898
CULPenrith Observer 1860 - 1968 held at Penrith Library31 Dec 18601860-1878, 1880-1959
LANSoulby's Ulverston Advertiser and General Intelligence 1848 - 1914 held at Barrow10 Aug 18481848-1890, 1892-1909, 1912
LANUlverston Mirror and Furness Reflector 1860 - 1885 held at Barrow 14 Apr 18601860-1885
CULWest Cumberland Times 1874 - 1966 held at Workington Library21 Mar 18741874-1875, 1878-1891, 1893-1897, 1899-1912 (missing: Jan - 21 May 1902)
CULWest Cumberland Times and Star 1967 to date held at Workington Library
WESWestmorland Advertiser and Kendal Chronicle 1811 - 1834 held at Kendal Library29 Jun 18111811-1826 (missing: 16 Mar - 20 Jul 1822), 1832-1833
WESWestmorland Gazette 1818 to date held at Kendal Library23 May 18181818-1826 (missing: 17 eds 1823, 24 eds 1825), 1828-1867, 1871-1872, 1877, 1879, 1889-1890, 1898 (missing: Oct - Dec 1898), 1909
CULWhitehaven News 1856 to date held at Whitehaven 18561857-1867 (missing: Jan - 19 Mar 1857), 1869-1873 (missing: Jan - Nov 1869, 28 eds 1870, 13 Jul - Dec 1871)
CULWigton AdvertiserJan 18571857-1868 (missing: Jan - Jun 1857), 1870-1940 (missing: 25 May - Dec 1840)
CULWorkington Star 29 Jun 18981888-1910, 1912

Newspaper data courtesy Petra Mitchinson and up to date May 2021 but papers are added all the time.

Carlisle Archive Centre has the below newspapers on 35mm microfilm available in the search room.

  • Carlisle Journal 1802-1805; 1810-1811; 1818-1820; 1822-1824
  • Carlisle Patriot 1815 - 1910
  • Northern Counties Gazette 2 December 1876 - 4 September 1886
  • Penrith Observer January 1861 - December 1906
  • Whitehaven Guardian 4 February 1875 - 28 March 1878
  • Whitehaven Gazette April 1819 - December 1820

Cumbria County Council Carlisle Archive Centre, Lady Gillford's House, Petteril Bank Road, Harraby, Carlisle, CA1 3AJ 01228 227284

Some of the newspapers are now available in the British Newspaper Archive. This archive is free to look at the index, but payment is required to actually read the pages, this access is often included in site such as Ancestry or Find My Past as well as being available in your local library. In addition excellent work is being done by Petra Michenson in transcribing BMD's from the Carlisle Journal, and Carlisle Patriot. Plus Barb Baker has done some transcripts from the Penrith Herald and for members there are transcripts from The Westmorland Gazette all these are available in our Forum.

Jim Patterson who runs www.cultrans.com has extracts from a number of local newspapers.

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