It was founded in 1981 as the result of the amalgamation of two earlier newspapers: the County Express and East Cheshire Observer, established in 1955, and the Wilmslow & Alderley and Knutsford Advertiser, founded in 1874 as the Alderley & Wilmslow Advertiser. For the first 16 years of its existence it was the Wilmslow Express Advertiser, barring 16 months from August 1991 to December 1992 when it was the Wilmslow & Knutsford Express Advertiser (although it still only covered Wilmslow; the parallel Knutsford Express Advertiser likewise changed its title to become the Knutsford & Wilmslow Express Advertiser). It adopted its present title in 1997.
It’s published by Greater Manchester Weekly Newspapers, part of MEN Media, which was sold to Trinity Mirror by the Guardian Media Group in March 2010. As with all MEN titles, since May 2009 it’s been sharing offices with the Manchester Evening News – first in Manchester, then in Chadderton on the outskirts of Oldham from September 2010.
Although it’s primarily a freesheet, about a tenth of the print run is sold through the news trade.
It’s shared a website with the Macclesfield Express ever since MEN Media reorganised their newspapers’ online presences in January 2013.
It comes out on Thursdays.
- Wilmslow Express
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