It was founded in 1836; the first issue appeared on New Year’s Eve of that year. It’s published by Newsquest (South West) Ltd, who are collocated with the newspaper’s editorial offices in Taunton, and is the lead title in a group of newspapers that also includes the Bridgwater Mercury, the Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News and the Chard & Ilminster News.
In the late 1800s there were two attempts at a daily newspaper. The Somerset County Daily Gazette, Bristol Express and Devonshire News was launched on New Year’s Day 1878 but lasted for less than six months. The Daily Somerset County Gazette did a little better, first appearing in June 1882 and closing in September 1884.
It comes out on Thursdays. It appears in two editions: a Main edition and a West Somerset edition.