It’s published by Archant Herts & Cambs, a Stevenage-based branch of Archant‘s division for East Anglia, Archant Anglia. The editorial offices are in Royston.
It first appeared on New Year’s Day 1855 as a free monthly newspaper, but switched to weekly publication and started charging 1d. per issue in 1876. Originally owned by Warren Brothers – which became Warren Brothers and Cooke when Joseph Cooke bought the company in 1930 – it passed into Mid-Anglia Newspapers in the 1980s. The East Anglian Daily Times bought it in 1990 before itself passing into Eastern Counties Newspapers – now named the Archant group – in 1995.
There’s a sub-edition for the town of Buntingford, seven miles to the south.
It comes out on Thursdays. An e-edition’s also available free on the website, though you have to register for it; and a small number of copies are distributed via pickup points in the town centre. A slightly larger number of copies are sold through the news trade.
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