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Newspapers

We hold the county-wide newspapers here at Shropshire Archives – including the Shrewsbury Chronicle, Salopian Journal, Shropshire Star and some years of the Wellington Journal.

The Shrewsbury Chronicle is the oldest county newspaper, beginning in 1772. From 1794 it had a rival – the Salopian Journal.

Finding and using newspapers at Shropshire Archives

We have a biographical index to the Shrewsbury Chronicle which covers major articles from 1892, and an index to adverts in the Salopian Journal, 1794-1843. This is on microfiche.

Most of the newspapers are on microfilm, so please book a film reader in advance. Some more recent papers, such as the Shrewsbury Chronicle from 1950 and the Wellington Journal from 1901, are bound originals. You will need to book a space in the Search Room to view these.

We have a full list of our newspapers-summary-list(PDF).

Online at Shropshire Archives

Some newspapers can be viewed online at the British Newspaper Archive. Shropshire Archives, and also libraries throughout Shropshire, have free access to the community edition of this.

Find out more

For more information please take a look at our printable short guides page.

Information in other places

If you are looking for local newspapers, then try Shropshire Libraries and Telford Libraries. The British Library also holds copies of all newspapers.