This Saturday, August 2nd, marks 150 years since the Hexham Courant was first published. To celebrate we have re-produced the first ever edition which will be included inside this week's Courant which is available to buy from Thursday evening.
The eight pages have been painstakingly put together, word by word, in a faithful reproduction (including any errors and misprints!) which are bound to be a cherished collector’s item.
Most of the news pages are dominated by national and international events.
There are updates from the American Civil War, details of the King of Belgium’s visit to France, a report of the Queen’s Speech outlining the parliamentary agenda of Prime Minister Lord Palmerston ’s Government, as well as copious details of the latest political and society gossip.
As most of the pages were put together in London, local news was confined to the back page and put together by editor and proprietor Joseph Catherall and his small team in his office in Hexham’s Market Place