Henley Standard

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Henley Standard
Type Weekly newspaper
Owner(s) Higgs Group
Editor Simon Bradshaw
Founded 1885
Language English
Headquarters Station Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
Circulation 11,428[1]
Website Henley Standard

The Henley Standard is the main local newspaper in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England. It is published by the Higgs Group and is one of only a few privately owned local newspapers in the UK. It is the only newspaper dedicated entirely to the people of Henley and the surrounding districts.

The Standard covers Henley town and an area of south Oxfordshire as far as Watlington and Benson, as well as Caversham and Wargrave in Berkshire. The paper claims each edition is read by 35,000 people.[2] Its current owner is John Luker and the editor is Simon Bradshaw, who joined on 6 October 2008 from the London Evening Standard.[3]

The predecessor of the Henley Standard, first published in 1885, was titled The Henley Free Press. It became the Henley and South Oxfordshire Standard in 1892. Its name was shortened in 1956 to the Henley Standard.[2]

The Henley and South Oxfordshire Standard was the first organ to publish works by the author George Orwell. These were poems that the author, under his real name of Eric Blair, wrote when he was 10 years old on the outbreak of war in 1914 and when he was 12 on the death of Lord Kitchener in 1916.


  1. ^ "Newspaper Report for the publication:- Henley Standard". The Newspaper Society. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Henley Business Awards 2007
  3. ^ "New editor takes over at the Standard". Henley Standard. 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 

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