An Earlier Worcester Paper ?

  • 16 Jan 2012
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It has been argued that even before 1709 Worcester had a newspaper. Local Historians, Dr.Nash and Valentine Green, both linked the Worcester newspaper with the period following the Glorious Revolution which deposed James 11. This was the time when the first trickle of newspapers began publication as printing restrictions were swept aside on a rising tide of liberal thought and freedom of expression. There seems to be a clear inference as to an earlier, irregular publication contained in Green's words ( which were written within living memory of those times): 'It is uncertain in what order of succession those publications were first issued ... but in June 1709 they assumed a regular and orderly appearance.' It is probably for this reason that Berrow's Worcester Journal, which is the direct link with the Worcester Postman, headed its front page with 'Established 1690'.