It first appeared as the Tiverton Gazette and East Devon Herald in 1858. Founder Robert Were was only 22 years old, and died just five years later. The newspaper split into three editions in 1872: the Tiverton Gazette, the Crediton Gazette and the South Molton Gazette. It was re-merged in the mid-1890s as the Mid Devon Gazette, but then split into Town and Rural editions before splitting three ways again.
It’s currently published by Express & Echo News & Media, part of Northcliffe Media. Northcliffe was formerly the regional newspaper division of the Daily Mail & General Trust and is now the major component of the Local World media group established at the end of 2012.
It’s moved offices three times since its founding; the most recent move took it outside Tiverton‘s Bampton Street for the first time.
It used to share a sub-domain of Northcliffe’s thisisexeter.co.uk website with the other two local editions in the Mid Devon Gazette series, the Culm Valley Gazette and the Crediton Gazette. Like Northcliffe’s other newspapers, though, it now has a reduced online presence as the profile of the local website (now thisisdevon.co.uk) has been strengthened.
It’s published on Tuesdays.