Local Newspaper celebrates its 150th Birthday

November 25, 2018

A NEWSPAPER which has given Tammies a weekly round-up of news for the last one and a half centuries, celebrated its belated Birthday this week.

Tamworth Herald was first printed in D.Addison bookstore and printers on Silver Street, 150 years ago and has bought local residents a weekly newspaper ever since.

The first ever edition of the paper was printed on Saturday 8th August 1868 and cost just one penny. In addition to Tamworth, it covered the outlying villages, Lichfield and even as far as Rugeley.

The bookstore on Silver Street where the first ever edition of the Herald was printed in 1868. Credit: John Harper / Tamworth Herald.
The bookstore on Silver Street where the first ever edition of the Herald was printed in 1868. Credit: John Harper / Tamworth Herald.

Although many local newspapers have come and gone around the Country over the years, The Tamworth Herald has bucked the trend by maintaining its presence to this day and still producing a weekly newspaper.

At a celebration took place on Saturday at the Townhall, we attended and managed to speak to the Executive Editor, Charlotte Hart and Former Assistant Editor, John Harper.  You can see these interviews further down the page.

Interview with Charlotte Hart

Some people may well see us as friendly competitors to the Herald, but we feel it only right to celebrate this momentous Birthday with them.  After all, the paper has been a part of many people’s lives.

As a youngster in the ’80s, a time before the instant news, I remember people queuing outside the local newsagents on a Thursday afternoon for the arrival of the paper – which officially came out on Friday morning – I never did understand that.

I also remember being excited if an event at School was being covered by the Herald and seeing my picture inside, thinking I was famous!

As a paperboy of the ’90s, I remember being weighed down by an overloaded delivery bag on a Thursday afternoon and struggling to keep my bike in a straight line!

It was the time before the internet, a time when if something had happened, people would happily wait until Thursday to get the facts.

Herald Editors

In the 150 years of the Tamworth Herald, there have been 15 editors, these are:

  • 1868-1878: Daniel Addison
  • 1878-1881: Johnson Pommerey Morewood
  • 1885-1892: George Albert: Manning
  • 1892-1934: William Morton
  • 1934-1935: William Williams
  • 1936-1936: Carl Fox
  • 1936-1946: William Henry Swift
  • 1946-1964: James Norman Dickson
  • 1964-1966: James Norman Dickson and Vincent Moseley
  • 1966-1982: Vincent Moseley
  • 1982-1984: John Bennett
  • 1984-1996: Keith Boughey
  • 1996-1999: Sue Craddock
  • 1999-2005: James (Sam) Holiday
  • 2005-2018: Gary Phelps
  • 2018-Current: Charlotte Hart

Interview with John Harper

A copy of the first ever edition of the Herald from 1868. Credit: Tamworth Herald.
A copy of the first ever edition of the Herald from 1868. Credit: Tamworth Herald.