Stamford Mercury

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Type Weekly local newspaper
Owner(s) Johnston Press
Editor Mark Edwards
Founded 1712
Headquarters Cherryholt Road, Stamford

The Stamford Mercury (also the Lincoln, Rutland and Stamford Mercury, the Rutland and Stamford Mercury, and the Rutland Mercury) based in Stamford, claims to be "Britain's oldest continuously published newspaper title".[1] The Mercury has been published since 1712 but its masthead formerly claimed it was established in 1695 and that it was "Britain's Oldest Newspaper".

Three editions (Stamford and The Deepings, Rutland, and Bourne) are published every Friday. The circulation figure in 2011 was 16,675.[2]

The Mercury is now owned by East Midlands Newspapers Ltd, part of Johnston Press. Sister newspapers include The Peterborough Evening Telegraph and The Rutland Times.

An edition of the Mercury from 22 May 1718 is the earliest newspaper in the British Library's newspaper reading room, The Newsroom.[3]


The Mercury possesses the largest archive of any provincial newspaper.[citation needed] It contains over 20,000 newspapers and is complete from the middle of the 18th century. It also holds substantial numbers of annual volumes and individual copies prior to that, dating back to 1714.

Since 2005, the archive has been in the care of the Stamford Mercury Archive Trust. The Trust received a grant of £305,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake a five-year conservation programme. The Trust set out to microfilm every known copy of The Stamford Mercury in existence. Access to the archive is free for personal research. A copy of the complete microfilm run of the paper is available at Stamford Library.[4]


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