British newspapers online, 1901-1950

These newspaper archives are all available to individuals, whether for free or on a pay basis. Other archives exist which are available to institutional subscribers only; please check your library for more information. They are all from Britain, including Ireland up to 1922. Unless given in the title or otherwise indicated, the place of publication is London. See also the discussions here and here.

Please note: I am unable to provide access to any of these newspapers.

Last update: 24 July 2014.

England -- London

Action! 1936 to 1940
AJR Information from 1946 (free)
American Register and Anglo-colonial World 1909 to 1914
American Register and the Morning News to 1915
American Register and Anglo-American and Colonial News 1903 to 1904

Black And White to 1904
Blackshirt 1933 to 1939

Catholic Herald from 1935 (free)
Charity Record to 1904
Church Times
Church Weekly to 1902
County Courts Chronicle to 1904
Course Of The Exchange to 1904
Cymro A'r Celt Llundain 1907 to 1910 (free)

Daily Express
Daily Herald 1914 to 1917
Daily Mail to 1904
Daily Mirror from 1903, 1915 to 1918
Daily Worker 1930 to 1945

Echo to 1904
Evening News and Evening Mail to 1905, to 1918, 1902, 1904

Fascist Week 1933 to 1934
Flight from 1909 (free)
The Freewoman 1911 to 1912 (free)

Guardian 1901

Hackney Express And Shoreditch Observer to 1904

Jewish Chronicle

Kentish Mail and Greenwich & Deptford Observer 1908 to 1909

Lloyds Weekly News 1903 to 1904
Lloyds Weekly Newspaper to 1902
London And China Telegraph to 1904
London Gazette (free)
London Kelt to 1904 (free)
London Welshman 1905 to 1906 (free)

M.A.P. to 1911
The Mercury to 1904
Middlesex Gazette to 1913, 1912 and 1913
Mid-Surrey Times and General Advertiser to 1904
The Monitor and New Era to 1915, 1912

The New Age 1907 to 1922 (free)
North Middlesex Standard 1901, 1901
North Middlesex Weekly Standard 1901
North London Mercury and Crouch End Observer to 1905

Primrose League Gazette to 1904

Smith's Weekly 1904 to 1905, 1904 to 1907
The Spectator (free)
The Standard to 1916
St James's Gazette to 1905
Stars and Stripes 1942 to 1945

Temperance Caterer to 1904
Tongues Of Fire to 1904
The Times

Votes for Women 1907 to 1916 (free)
The Vote for Women's Freedom 1909 to 1930 (free)

Westminster Budget to 1904

England -- provincial

Alnwick and County Gazette 1912 to 1950

Bath Chronicle
Bedfordshire Advertiser (Luton) to 1914
Berwickshire News (Berwick-upon-Tweed) to 1904
Biggleswade Chronicle 1912
Birmingham Daily Mail 1914 to 1918
Birmingham Daily Post 1914 to 1918
Birmingham Gazette 1914 to 1918
Brython (Liverpool)
Bucks Herald (Aylesbury) 1902 to 1909
Burnley Express
Burnley Gazette to 1914
Burnley News 1912 to 1932

Cambridge Independent Press to 1920
Chelmsford Chronicle
Cheltenham Chronicle
Cheltenham Looker-On to 1920
Cheshire Observer (Chester) 1901 to 1908 (free), 1914 to 1918
Chester Courant and Advertiser For North Wales to 1908 (free)
The Citizen (Gloucester)
Cornishman (Penzance)
Coventry Evening Telegraph 1914 to 1918
Coventry Herald to 1916
Cymro (Liverpool) to 1919 (free)

Daily Gazette for Middlesborough 1914 to 1918
Daily Mail (Hull)
Derby Daily Telegraph
Derbyshire Times to 1945
Devon and Exeter Gazette from 1902
Dover Express

Edmonton and Tottenham Weekly Guardian to 1904
Essex County Chronicle
Essex Newsman (Chelmsford)
Evening Chronicle (Newcastle) 1915
Evening Despatch (Birmingham) 1914 to 1918
Evening News (Portsmouth) to 1939

Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald and Chronicle & Observer 1913 to 1925

Gloucester Journal
Gloucestershire Echo (Cheltenham) from 1932
Grantham Journal to 1941

Halifax Courier 1914-1918 (free)
Hastings and St Leonards Observer to 1949
Hereford Times 1918 to 1934
Herne Bay Press to 1912 (free in UK), 1914 to 1918
Herts Advertiser (St Albans) 1925

Kent & Sussex Courier (Tunbridge Wells)
Kent Messenger (Maidstone) to 1912 (free in UK), 1914 to 1918

Lancashire Daily Post (Preston) 1902 to 1947
Leamington Spa Courier to 1920
Leeds Times 1901
Leicester Chronicle 1911
Lichfield Mercury
Lincoln, Rutland and Stamford Mercury (Stamford) to 1912
Lincolnshire Echo (Lincoln) to 1941
Lincolnshire Chronicle (Lincoln) to 1922
Liverpool Daily Post and Liverpool Mercury 1914 to 1918
Liverpool Echo 1914 to 1918
Louth and North Lincolnshire Advertiser 1910
Luton News and Bedfordshire Advertiser 1917 to 1950

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser to 1916
Manchester Evening News 1914 to 1917
Morpeth Herald from 1902

Newcastle Daily Journal 1914 to 1917
North Devon Journal (Barnstaple)
Northampton Mercury to 1912
Nottingham Evening Post

Reading Mercury, Oxford Gazette, Newbury Herald and Berks County Paper to 1903

Sheffield Daily Telegraph to 1911
Sheffield Evening Telegraph to 1919
Shields Daily Gazette (South Shields) to 1910
South Eastern Gazette (Maidstone) to 1912 (free in UK), 1914 to 1918
Sowerby Bridge News to 1904 (free)
Sports Argus (Birmingham) 1914 to 1918
Staffordshire Sentinel (Stoke On Trent) 1911 to 1912
Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette
Surrey Mirror (Reigate)
Sussex Agricultural Express (Lewes) 1901 to 1949

Tamworth Herald
Taunton Courier
Tunbridge Wells Gazette to 1939

Welsh Coast Pioneer (Chester) to 1910 (free)
West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser (Truro) 1902 to 1939
Western Daily Press (Bristol)
Western Gazette (Yeovil)
Western Morning News from 1921 (Plymouth)
Western Times (Exeter)
Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald
Worcestershire Chronicle (Worcester) to 1903

Yorkshire Evening Post (Leeds) to 1948
Yorkshire Post (Leeds) (1901 to 1950), 1933 to 1945

Ireland/Northern Ireland

The Anglo-Celt (Cavan)
Belfast Gazette (free)
Butte Independent 1910 to 1930
Connacht Tribune (Galway) from 1909
Connaught Telegraph (Castlebar)
Donegal News
Dundalk Democrat
Evening Telegraph (Dublin) to 1904
The Freeman's Journal (Dublin) to 1924
Irish Independent (Dublin) from 1905
Irish Times (Dublin)
The Kerryman (Tralee) from 1904
Kildare Observer (Naas) to 1935
Leitrim Observer (Carrick-on-Shannon) from 1904
Limerick Leader from 1905
Longford Leader
Meath Chronicle (Navan)
Munster Express (Waterford) from 1908
Nenagh Guardian
Nenagh News to 1924
Stars and Stripes (Northern Ireland edition) 1943-1944
Skibbereen Eagle to 1922
Southern Star (Skibbereen)
Sunday Independent (Dublin) from 1906
Tuam Herald
Ulster Herald (Omagh)
Westmeath Examiner (Mullinagar)


Aberdeen Evening Express 1910 to 1918
Aberdeen Journal
Arbroath Herald and Advertiser for the Montrose Burghs to 1906
Daily Record and Mail (Glasgow) 1914 to 1915
Dundee Courier
Edinburgh Gazette (free)
Edinburgh Evening News to 1942
Evening Post (Dundee) 1901 to 1905
Evening Telegraph (Dundee)
Falkirk Herald to 1904
Glasgow Herald (free)
Hamilton Advertiser 1914 to 1918
Inverness Courier 1928 to 1930 (see also)
Motherwell Times and General Advertiser 1904 to 1924
Perthshire Advertiser (Perth) 1914 to 1917
The Post/Sunday Post (Glasgow) from 1914
The Scotsman (Edinburgh)
Southern Reporter (Selkirk) to 1929


Aberdare Leader 1902 to 1919 (free)
Aberdare Times to 1902 (free)
Abergavenny Chronicle 1909 to 1919 (free)
Abergavenny Mail and Farmers' Gazette 1914 (free)
Aberystwyth Observer to 1910 (free)
Adsain (Corwen) 1906 to 1919 (free)
Amman Valley Chronicle 1913 to 1919 (free)

Baner Ac Amserau Cymru (Denbigh) 1914 to 1916 (free)
Barmouth and County Advertiser 1914 to 1917 (free)
Barry Dock News to 1918 (free)
Barry Herald> to 1910 (free)
Brecon & Radnor Express Carmarthen and Swansea Valley Gazette and Brynmawr District Advertiser 1914 to 1918 (free)
Brecon County Times, Neath Gazette and General Advertiser to 1919 (free)
Brython Cymreig (Lampeter) to 1910 (free)

Cambrian (Swansea) to 1910 (free)
Cambrian Daily Leader (Swansea) 1913 to 1919 (free)
Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard (Aberystwyth) to 1919 (free)
Cardiff Times to 1910 (free)
Cardigan Bay Visitor (Aberystwyth) to 1905 (free)
Carmarthen Journal and South Wales Weekly Advertiser to 1919 (free)
Carmarthen Weekly Reporter to 1919 (free)
Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald and North and South Wales Independent (Caernarfon) to 1910 (free)
Celt (Bala) to 1907 (free)
Clorianydd (Llangefni) to 1919 (free)
County Echo, Fishguard and North Pembrokeshire Advertiser (Fishguard) to 1910 (free)
County Observer and Monmouthshire Central Advertiser (Usk) to 1908 (free)

Darian (Aberdare) 1914 to 1919 (free)
Denbighshire Free Press (Denbigh) to 1919 (free)
Dinesydd Cymreig (Caenarfon) 1914 to 1919 (free)
Dravod (Trelwe) 1913 to 1919 (free)
Dydd (Dolgellau) to 1910 (free)

Flintshire Observer (Holywell) 1913 to 1915 (free)

Genedl Gymreig (Caenarfon) 1914 to 1917 (free)
Glamorgan Gazette (Bridgend) to 1919 (free)
Goleuad (Dolgellau) to 1919 (free)
Gwalia (Caenarfon) to 1910 (free)
Gwyliedydd (Rhyl) to 1908 (free)
Gwyliedydd Newydd (Blaenau Ffestiniog) 1910 to 1919 (free)

Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph (Haverfordwest) to 1919 (free)
Herald Cymraeg (Caenarfon) to 1919 (free)
Herald of Wales (Swansea) to 1919 (free)

Llais Llafur (Swansea) 1914 to 1919 (free)
Llan (Rhyl) to 1919 (free)
Llandudno Advertiser and List of Visitors to 1910 (free)
Llanelli Mercury and South Wales Advertiser to 1910 (free)
Llanelli Star 1910 to 1919 (free)
Llangollen Advertiser and North Wales Journal to 1919 (free)

Merthyr Express (Merthyr Tydfil) to 1919 (free)
Merthyr Pioneer (Merthyr Tydfil) 1914 to 1919 (free)
Monmouth Guardian (Rhymney) 1914 to 1919 (free)
Montgomeryshire Express and Radnor Times (Newtown) to 1910 (free)

Negesydd (Glayndon) to 1909 (free)
North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser For the Principality (Bangor) 1914 to 1919 (free)
North Wales Express (Caernarfon) to 1910 (free)
North Wales Times (Denbigh) 1901 (free)
North Wales Weekly News (Colwyn Bay) 1909 to 1910 (free)

Papur Pawb (Caernarfon) to 1910 (free)
Pembroke County Guardian and Cardigan Reporter (Solva) to 1910 (free)
Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser (Haverfordwest) to 1910 (free)
Pontypridd Chronicle and Workman's News to 1905 (free)
Prestatyn Weekly 1905 to 1910 (free)

Rhedegydd (Blaenau Ffestiniog) to 1910 (free)
Rhondda Leader (Tonypandy) to 1908 (free)
Rhondda Leader, Maesteg, Garw and Ogmore Telegraph (Tonypandy) 1909 to 1910 (free)
Rhos Herald (Rhosllannerchrugog) 1909 to 1910 (free)
Rhyl Journal to 1910 (free)
Rhyl Record and Advertiser to 1910 (free)

Seren Cymru (Carmarthen) to 1919 (free)
South Wales Daily Post (Swansea) to 1910 (free)
South Wales Weekly Post (Swansea) 1914 to 1919 (free)
Swansea Gazette and Daily Shipping Register 1909 to 1910 (free)

Tarian Y Gweithiwr (Aberdare) to 1910 (free)
Tenby Observer, Weekly List of Visitors, and Directory to 1910 (free)
Towyn-on-sea & Meirioneth County Times (Welshpool) to 1905 (free)
Tyst (Merthyr Tydfil) to 1917 (free)

Udgorn (Pwllheli) 1913 to 1918 (free)

Weekly Mail (Cardiff) to 1910 (free)
Weekly News and Visitors' Chronicle For Colwyn Bay (Conwy) to 1907 (free)
Welsh Gazette and West Wales Advertiser (Aberystwyth) to 1910 (free)
Welshman (Carmarthen) to 1910 (free)
Western Mail (Cardiff) 1916 to 1918
Wythnos A'r Eryr (Bala) to 1910 (free)

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  7. mahima chandra

    plz add the names of 5 important newspapers of british period of india plz just now i want your help to complete my project

  8. Maria P.

    Good afternoon,
    Talking about newspapers in the period between two wars, may be you know as well any British journals/newspapers on art published from 1920s to 1930s? or, are there any sources where I can find lists of this type of press?

  9. Post author

    Unlike the previous request, this does fall within my purview (if they were more newspaper than journal, which is admittedly a bit fuzzy but I define as daily/weekly vs monthly or more). But I'm afraid I don't know of any. Some of the newspapers listed above may commented on the art scene (The New Age had a regular art column, though it ceased publication in 1922) but that is probably not what you're after. Sorry I can't help -- it would be better to ask somebody more plugged into art history than I am.

  10. Hi Maria,
    Not knowing where you're posting from, I can't be very precise, but I would talk to the archivist of your local state art gallery, they'll be up on what was published and what has been digitised (if anything).

    If I were looking I'd talk to the Royal Academy, London, and locally the National Gallery of Victoria for examples / starters.

    One definitely in the area:

    You'll probably need to specify what kind of art you're interested in as well, as there was a remarkable number of publications in that era, all competing for different splinter groups of what their hoped-for-readers regarded as the only art worth knowing...

    Hope that helps,

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  14. Hi I have found two news papers from 1907, one is called the Tatler and the other is called the Sketch, I want to know if they firstly are of any value? and secondly who would have interest in them as I do not know how to take care of them, yours sincerely Leish Wong

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    The Tatler is still around, while the Sketch folded in 1959. Both were aimed at an upper-class and even aristocratic market. They will of course have some historical value; I have no idea as to their financial value, but I'm sure they'd attract some interest if you put them on eBay.

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  17. Terry Pickering

    Dear sirs I have the following :-

    WAR ILLUSTRATED publications 1917/1918 :-
    Vol. 6.:- dated.
    no.137 31/03/17
    no.138 07/04/17
    no.139 14/04/17
    no.142 05/05/17
    no.144 19/05/17
    no.146 02/06/17
    no.147 09/06/17
    no.148 16/06/17
    no.149 23/06/17
    no.153 21/07/17
    VOL 7:-
    no.164 06/10/17
    no.166 20/10/17 &
    no.182 09/02/1918

    I also have NEW ILLUSTRATED published:-

    01/03/1919 , 16/08/1919 & 15/11/1919.

    Please could you tell me if any or all are worth much.

    Thank you.

  18. Prue Mason

    I'm looking for the Empire News edition 3rd December 1933 and am wondering how to get hold of it. it does't seem to be available in the British newspaper archives.
    thank you

  19. Post author

    I don't know of an online archive. As you note, it's not in BNA; it possibly might not ever be, as Empire News eventually was folded into News of the World, so presumably News UK (i.e. Murdoch) own the parts not in copyright, and they seem uninterested in/incapable of digitising their titles, The Times and one or two other things apart. The other option would be to look at in on microfilm, but I gather you are in Australia and the nearest copy is likely to be in the British Library in London. Perhaps somebody else can help!

  20. Mahesh pushkarna

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