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In the mid-19th century the abolition of advertisement and newspaper taxes and paper duties prompted a rapid growth of local newspapers in the Burton area. Some of these were short-lived but by 1901, when the county borough came into existence, there were two dailies and three weeklies. The Burton Mail was Conservative and Unionist, while the papers published by the Tresise family were Liberal. Today only the Mail survives: the Guardian fell victim to the newsprint shortage in 1916, the Gazette ceased publication in 1932 and the Chronicle was taken over by the Mail/Observer group in 1957.

The format and content of local newspapers changed considerably in the 20th century.  Originally front pages were given over to advertisement and much of the news reported  there was national in character. Today's Burton Mail prints mostly local news and only occasionally are national or international events headlined. The change was caused by the  growth of radio and television coverage of the news. Early in the century illustrations were mostly line drawings, but photographs appeared more frequently in the early 1920's.  The adoption of tabloid form by the Mail on January 12th 1982 produced a newspaper of popular appeal, more convenient to handle and easier to read.

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Alfreton & Belper Journal

 

Ashbourne News

 

Ashbourne Telegraph and Ashbourne News Telegraph


Ashbourne Advertiser 1922,(2); 1930; 1935; 1937 - 1942; 1944; 1945 - 1961; 1963; 1967; Jan - April 1973

 

Burton Gazette 1883 - 1931; (Excluding 1883; 1888; 1917)

 

Burton Mail June 1898 - June 1977

(Excluding July-Dec 1900; July -Dec 1905 July-Dec 1915; Jan-June 1917 April-June 1950; April-June 1952 Jan- March 1953)

 

Burton Observer June 1900 - Dec 1963

(Excluding 1905;1915; Jan-June 1916; July-Dec 1922; Jan-Mar 1934; Jan-June 1950)

 

Burton Observer & Chronicle Jan 1964 - Dec 1976

 

Burton Chronicle 1868 - 1956

(Excluding 1873; 1894; 1900; 1902; 1917; 1949) (1860 -1867; 1902; 1905; 1909; available in micro-film format)

 

Burton Weekly News 1858; 1859; 1860; 1870; 1876; 1877; 1883; 1884; 1885

 

Derbyshire Advertiser & Journal Jan 1846 - Sept 1976 (Excluding1847; 1849; 1851; 1862; 1873; 1879;)

 

Derbyshire Courier

 

Derby Evening Telegraph (Burton Edition) Sept 1948 - Dec 1984

Some editions missing

Edition Pages 1947 - 1965

 

Burton Weekly News 1858; 1859; 1860; 1870; 1876; 1877; 1883; 1884; 1885


Derbyshire Courier 1830 - 1834

Derby Mercury  1782; 1783; 1786; 1793/94; 1796; 1801 - 1805; 1809 -1818; 1821 - 1830; 1832 - 1858; 1860 - 1890; 1892 - 1927; 1932 - 1933;

Uttoxeter Advertiser 1895 - 1995 (some years missing)

 

Uttoxeter News 1971 - 1976

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