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Newspapers have been published in Cumbria since 1731, although the first significant local newspaper is the Cumberland Pacquet which did not appear until 1774. Cumbria's newspaper coverage is available on microfilm because of the fragility of the originals. 

The principal newspapers held by Cumbria libraries and archive centres are:

Adairs Maryport Advertiser 1853 - 1905 held at Maryport Library 
Alston Herald and East Cumberland Advertiser 1874 - 1881 held at Alston Library 
Ambleside Herald 1880 - 1887 held at Kendal Library 
Barrow Guardian 1910 - 1947 held at Barrow Archive Centre
Barrow Herald 1864 - 1914 held at Barrow Archive Centre
Barrow News 1883 - 1986 held at Barrow Archive Centre
Carlisle Express and Examiner 1857 - 1913 held at Carlisle Library 
Carlisle Journal 1801 - 1968 Carlisle Library 
Carlisle Patriot 1815 - 1910 Carlisle Library 
Cumberland and Westmorland Herald 1860 61, 1869, 1873 to date held at Penrith Library 
Cumberland News 1910 to date held at Carlisle Library 
Cumberland Pacquet 1774 - 1915 held at Carlisle, Whitehaven, Workington, Penrith, and Kendal Libraries and Whitehaven Archive Centre.
East Cumberland News 1883-1907 held in Carlisle Library
English Lakes Visitor 1877 - 1910 held at Carlisle Library 
Evening News 1910 to date held at Carlisle Library 
Evening Star 1929 - 1967 held at Workington Library 
Grange Visitor 1875 - 1891 held at Kendal Library 
Kendal and County News 1888 - 1899 held at Kendal Library 
Kendal Herald 1864 - 1866 held at Kendal Library 
Kendal Mercury 1834 - 1917 held at Kendal Library 
Kendal Weekly Courant 1731-32 held at Kendal Library 
Keswick Reminder 1915 to date held at Keswick Library 
Lakes Herald 1880 - 1916 held at Kendal Library 
Lancaster Gazette 1801 1850 held at Kendal Library and Barrow Archive Centre
Millom Gazette 1892 - 1933 held at Barrow and Whitehaven Archive Centres
Newcastle Courant 1711 - 1800 held at Carlisle Library, Kendal Library, Whitehaven Archive Centre
North Western Daily Mail 1898 - 1940 held at Barrow Archive Centre
North West Evening Mail 1941 to date held at Barrow Archive Centre
Penrith Observer 1860 - 1968 held at Penrith Library 
Soulby's Ulverston Advertiser 1848 - 1914 held at Barrow Archive Centre
Ulverston Mirror and Furness Reflector 1860 - 1885 held at Barrow Archive Centre 
West Cumberland Times 1874 - 1966 held at Workington Library 
West Cumberland Times and Star 1967 to date held at Workington Library 
Westmorland Advertiser and Kendal Chronicle 1811 - 1834 held at Kendal Library 
Westmorland Gazette 1818 to date held at Kendal Library 
Whitehaven News 1856 to date held at Whitehaven Archive Centre
Wigton Advertiser 1857 - 1940 held at Carlisle and Wigton Libraries
Workington Star 1904 - 1967 held at Workington Library 

All the above titles are held on 35 mm microfilm   

Cumbria Libraries have subscribed to a range of Gale newspaper archives to offer Library members free searching of over 400 years of newspapers and news pamphlets. Search the sites herethis external link will open in a new window

British Newspapers 1600-1950

British Newspapers

The British Newspapers 1600-1950 is the most significant digital collection of British Historic Newspapers. New conservation and imaging techniques and a new cross-searchable platform adopted by the British Library offers unparalleled access and discoverability to this valuable historical and cultural archive. In addition, one will find specially commissioned essays and contextual materials written by expert scholars intended to help non-specialist users with perspective and analysis.