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The Begginings of Newspapers in Liverpool

With the Weekly Print days of The Daily Post now severely reduced and The Liverpool Echo sadly becoming increasingly a Morning print Newspaper with Production now moved outside of Liverpool its interesting to look back on the history of Newspapers In Liverpool...............Here is an Article courtesy of The Liverool Echo giving a short insight into the early days...

 

ON July 5, 1811, a new Liverpool newspaper, the Mercury, came into being. It was not the first paper to be published in Liverpool – there had been broadsheet publications from the mid-18th century.

In 1756, for example, the Williamson's Liverpool Advertiser – later Billinge's Liverpool Advertiser – became the first continuous paper in the town, joined by the Liverpool General Advertiser in 1765.

Those newspapers were very different to the ones we see today. In the 18th century, Liverpool newspapers included some local news but it was mostly centred on the port’s shipping.

But 1811, and the inception of the Mercury, was to be the start of 200 years of coverage of Liverpool news by what is the current Trinity Mirror group.

The eight-page Liverpool Mercury, founded by Egerton Smith, cost 7d and was first published as a weekly, covering the thriving port and commercial town.

On January 1 1850 the proprietors described their long-term aim as 'continual and peaceful progress', and it was these serious, reformist and Liberal principles that guided the Mercury throughout the century.

Following the death of its founder in 1841, the newspaper passed into the hands of his widow and son, and a limited company named after Egerton Smith was established with business partners.

The newspaper gradually expanded. In 1858 it began to be published daily, with a larger edition published on Fridays, and by 1880 it claimed the weekly 2d edition of the paper contained ‘72 long columns making it one of the largest newspapers in the world’.

The newspaper was circulated not just in Liverpool, Lancashire and Cheshire, but also in Wales, the Isle of Man and even in London.

And while it reported national and international news, it was particularly strong on its coverage of Liverpool and its social issues such as poor housing and poverty.

The Mercury was a staunch campaigning newspaper fighting for better housing and public health, and for moral reform, in Liverpool.

In August 1819, the then editor John Smith was one of the journalists on the platform at Manchester’s St Peter's Field, later writing a critical report of the behaviour of soldiers at what became known as the Peterloo Massacre.

Incidentally the Mercury was also the first British newspaper to have a regular chess column, started as early as 1813.

And it was on May 1, 1829, that the Liverpool & Manchester Railway ran an advertisement in the paper inviting "engineers and iron founders" to submit plans for locomotives to compete for the winning design.

The rest is, as they say, history.

However, it wasn’t simply its editorial content which buoyed the Mercury. Its continued success was based on advertising and by the turn of the 20th century as many as half of its pages were ads and notices.

In the early 1900s however, the Mercury merged with the Liverpool Daily Post. The joint newspaper, called the Liverpool Daily Post and the Liverpool Mercury, went on sale for the first time on Monday, November 14 1904.
MOJO

Interesting stuff,B.B. Wonder if much survives,and is any of it available online?

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