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Newspaper Accounts

Many of the following items have been found in the British Newspaper Archive, see the British Newspaper Archive home page for more details of this project including progress to date: a full list of titles published AND a list of additions in the last 30 days can be accessed from the 'Search by Newspaper' link: 'show all titles'.

The indexing used in searches relies on Optical Character Recognition (OCR), so is not perfect (I suspect worse for older publications, where the print may not be so clear), but never-the-less this is a very valuable resource.

The search facilities are good and it is also possible to filter by publication title, date, region, county, place and type. Searching is free, accessing the original article is chargeable (there is a range of subscriptions). If you subscribe to findmypast then you will be able to access the same newspaper archive - however the search facilities are better on the BNA website; searching there then viewing on findmypast works well.

Date coverage varies from title to title, the database includes entries from 1700-1999.

In 2015 a search showed over 200,000 matches for 'Brentford':
over 200 from 1700-1749
over 2,500 from 1750-1799
nearly 22,000 from 1800-1849 over 57,000 from 1850-1899
nearly 100,000 from 1900-1949
over 5,000 from 1950-1999.

Other newspaper accounts are from the local archives held at Chiswick Library: thanks to the contributors of these items.

Examples of Brentford stories

I hope to add a Brentford story each month, current list:


Published December 2011; last updated August 2015