Essex County Standard

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Essex County Standard
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The paper's main offices on North Hill, Colchester, in January 2010
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Newsquest Media Group
Editor James Wills
Founded 1831
Headquarters North Hill, Colchester
Circulation 12,597
Sister newspapers Colchester Evening Gazette

The Essex County Standard is a weekly newspaper, published in Colchester, Essex. Between December 2013 and December 2014, it had an average circulation of 12,597 per issue.[1] It is currently owned by the Newsquest Media Group, part of the American Gannett Company.[2]


The Essex County Standard was founded in January 1831, then called the Essex Standard. It was to be a weekly Tory paper and "a Standard around which the loyal, the religious, and the well-affected of our County may rally".[3] Originally printed in Chelmsford, it was acquired by a John Taylor in September 1831, who moved it to new premises in Colchester. The paper was sold to Edward Benham, T. Ralling, and Henry B. Harrison in 1866 though Ralling soon relinquished his interest. The paper was enlarged to eight pages in 1873.[3]

Managers of the paper dropped the price to 1d (half a new pence) in 1891, causing a jump in circulation and in 1892, changed the title to Essex County Standard. A series of changes in editor saw control of the paper ultimately fall into the hands of the Benham family: first Edward, then his wife Mary; next their sons William and Charles; and finally William's son Hervey. In 1964 the paper, then printed by web-offset lithography (a process pioneered by the Benhams and fellow newspaper proprietor Arnold Quick), was described by Printing World (a trade paper) as Britain's best produced weekly newspaper. Benham Newspapers Ltd. merged with Quick's Clacton based publishing company in 1970 to form Essex County Newspapers Ltd.[3]


  1. ^ "Product Page Summary Report for Essex County Standard". ABC. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  2. ^ "About the ECS". Essex County Standard. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  3. ^ a b c A P Baggs, Beryl Board, Philip Crummy, Claude Dove, Shirley Durgan, N R Goose, R B Pugh, Pamela Studd, C C Thornton (1994). Janet Cooper, C R Elrington, eds. Social and cultural institutions. A History of the County of Essex (The Borough of Colchester). 9. pp. 298–303. Retrieved 2009-04-08.