Seren Gomer

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Seren Gomer
Seren Gomer Jan 1 1814.jpg
Front page of the earliest surviving copy of Seren Gomer. January 1st, 1814
Typeweekly newspaper, publisher, printer
Founder(s)Joseph Harris Edit this on Wikidata
PublisherDavid Jenkin Edit this on Wikidata
EditorSamuel Evans[*], Joseph Harris, David Davies Evans[*]
CitySwansea Edit this on Wikidata

Seren Gomer was the first Welsh-language weekly newspaper. The first number was published in 1814 in Swansea by the local Baptist minister and writer Joseph Harris (Gomer).[1]

Publishing history[edit]

The weekly was intended to cover news from the whole of Wales and from overseas, as well as literary material. Its success was limited: it went out of business in 1815 after 85 editions, partly due to the heavy tax on newspapers and a shortfall in advertising revenue.[2] In 1818 Harris revived the publication, which became associated with the Baptist denomination. In 1820 it became a monthly. The writer and poet Evan Owen Allen was among its contributors.

When Harris died in 1825, the paper was purchased by a Carmarthen publisher and became a quarterly Baptist magazine. This continued until 1983.


1951–1975: Lewis Valentine
1975–1977: David Eirwyn Morgan


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