It was founded in 1981 as a companion to what was then the Nottingham Evening Post, along with a parallel edition, the West Notts and Derbyshire Recorder, which covered those areas. In 1983 it became simply The Recorder – although both editions were retained – but reverted to the previous separate titles in 1986 (with Derbyshire contracted to Derbys).
In 1990 the Nottingham edition became the Nottingham & District Recorder for a year, before becoming the Nottingham Recorder & Weekly Post, alluding to its link to the Post. The allusion became stronger in 1993 when it became the Weekly Post & Recorder. But in 1995 it settled on its original title once more.
It was published by the Nottingham Post Group Ltd, a branch of Northcliffe Media, which was then the regional newspaper publishing arm of the Daily Mail & General Trust. It shared editorial offices with the Post.
In its latter years it was the lead title of a three-title group of Recorder freesheets; the other two in the group were the Nottingham & Long Eaton Recorder (covering the south-west of the city) and the Mansfield & Ashfield Recorder (to the north). In turn, it divided into three itself in August 2008, with the following editions (in descending order of approximate size):
- Hucknall and Bulwell
- Arnold, Mapperley and Sherwood
- West Bridgford
It had no website of its own; the link given below is to Northcliffe’s portal website for Nottingham.
It came out on Thursdays.
The Recorder series closed at the end of June 2011. Northcliffe Media described the move as being part of a “wider review” of its portfolio.