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Rutland & Stamford Mercury

The Rutland & Stamford Mercury is a weekly tabloid newspaper based in Stamford and sold across South Lincolnshire and Rutland.

It claims to have been established in 1695 and thus to be the oldest newspaper in Britain, although Berrow’s Worcester Journal has a rival claim to predate it by five years. (The earliest copy held by the Stamford Mercury Archive Trust – dated Thursday, May 13, 1714 – gives the title as The Stamford Mercury: being historical and political observations of the transactions of Europe, together with remarks on trade. Snappy.)

From 1784 to 1912 it was the Lincoln, Rutland & Stamford Mercury; from 1936 to 1953 it was merged with the Spalding Guardian.

It’s published by East Midlands Newspapers, a division of Johnston Press. It appears in three editions: one for Stamford and the Deepings, one for Rutland, and one for Bourne. All of them come out on Fridays.

  • Address:
  • Rutland & Stamford Mercury
    Cherryholt Road
    PE9 2EP
  • Tel:
  • 01780 758951
  • Fax:
  • 01780 751371