The Coventry Times from 26th November 1862

We know how you #Coventrians love a bit of history, especially on a Sunday! Here is today’s treat;


Feature: 26th November 1862 Edition.

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The Coventry Times was founded in 1855 by bookseller Edward Goode as a weekly, non-conformist publication and was Coventry’s first penny paper. According to the front page of Wednesday 30 December 1863 it boasted a circulation of “nearly 6000 weekly”.

In 1879, the paper was bought by former ribbon manufacturer turned printer and publisher, William Isaac Iliffe in partnership with William Francis Dawson. In 1881 the newspaper was employing 7 men and 7 boys. Dawson retired in 1888 and Iliffe was sole proprietor by 1891.

The Coventry Times was sold by Iliffe in 1914 and incorporated into the liberal weekly Coventry Herald. Iliffe then bought the Coventry Herald in 1915.

Timeline of Name Changes

1855–55 The Coventry Times

1856–63 The Coventry Weekly Times
1864–79 The Coventry Times, Nuneaton, Warwick, and Leamington Journal
1880–1914 The Coventry Times, and Warwickshire Journal.

Credit – The British Newspaper Archive 

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