The West Briton

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The West Briton
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Local World
Founded 1810
Headquarters Truro, Cornwall

The West Briton is a local weekly newspaper published every Thursday. It serves different areas of Cornwall, United Kingdom with four separate editions – Truro and Mid-Cornwall, Falmouth and Penryn, Redruth Camborne and Hayle, and Helston and The Lizard. It was established in 1810 and is part of the Cornwall & Devon Media group of companies. It is based in Truro.

Weekly circulation was 30,700 as of August 29, 2012[1] down 1,687 copies – or 5.2% – when compared to figures for March of the same year.[2]

In 2012, Local World acquired Cornwall & Devon Media owner Northcliffe Media from Daily Mail and General Trust.[3]


Each of The West Briton's editions contains news relating to its area of Cornwall, for example the Falmouth and Penryn edition has the local news for these towns. The paper also prints the news concerning all of Cornwall. There are announcements printed in the paper, including birthdays, marriages and deaths. The back pages contain local sport, with information on local sporting activities and leagues.

The paper comes with several pull-out sections. A motors supplement has new and used cars for sale, a property section has houses for sale and rent, the classified section has local businesses and items for sale by readers and a what's on section contains entertainment in Cornwall, such as theatre and cinema listings.

TRANSCRIPTIONS of the WEST BRITON AND CORNWALL ADVERTISER - 1836 to 1860, and 1887, are available on a website at ( It's been compiled by a small group of Volunteers from Cornwall, Wales, USA, New Zealand, and Australia. The transcripts include "Local Intelligence", which covers news of the day - from fairs to teetotal society parties at the great estates and the state of the mackerel fishery - occurring in all parishes. All Court cases - Assizes, Quarter Sessions, and Petty sessions, as well as bankruptcy courts are transcribed. All Coroner's Inquests are included, as are news items covering suicides, which are NOT included in the Births, Marriages, and Deaths column. Of course, BMD's for these years are also included, some of which are from overseas Cornish.


  1. ^ "ABC figures: How all the weeklies performed - Journalism News from HoldtheFrontPage by Paul Linford, last updated on August 29, 2012". Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "ABC figures: How all the weeklies performed - Journalism News from HoldtheFrontPage by Paul Linford, last updated on March 1, 2012". Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Daily Mail sells regional newspapers to Local World BBC News, 21 November 2012

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