Gloucester Journal

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The Gloucester Journal was a newspaper in Gloucester founded by Robert Raikes the Elder and William Dicey in 1722.


On 2 May 1720, Raikes, in partnership with William Dicey, founded the Northampton Mercury. A year later, the partners set up a second press in Northgate Street, Gloucester, from where the Gloucester Journal first appeared on 9 April 1722.[1] In September 1725, Raikes and Dicey divided their partnership,[2] Dicey retaining the Northampton press, and Raikes taking sole ownership of the Gloucester Journal press (now moved to premises in Southgate Street) and associated printing business.

Raikes' business thrived, despite a change in newspaper duties in 1725, and a number of brushes with the law over articles published under his authority. In 1743, the Gloucester Journal was moved for a second time into larger premises in the Blackfriars area of Gloucester.

In 1757, the paper was taken over by Robert Raikes junior.

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ "THE 'GLOUCESTER JOURNAL' » 27 Apr 1956 » The Spectator Archive".
  2. ^ "Gloucester, 1720-1835: Social and cultural life - British History Online".

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