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The Westmorland Gazette

The Westmorland Gazette is a weekly tabloid newspaper sold in the Lake District, including most of the historic county of Westmorland and Furness, and the northern extremities of Lancashire and Yorkshire.

It was founded in 1818 as The Westmorland Gazette and Kendal Advertiser, but dropped the Kendal Advertiser in 1829. It’s had literary associations from the outset: the poet William Wordsworth was one of the early backers and nearly became editor at one stage, but stood aside in favour of Thomas de Quincey, author of Confessions of an Opium Eater. In later years both John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter wrote letters to the newspaper.

It’s published by Newsquest (North West) from editorial offices in Kendal which it shares with a freesheet companion, the South Lakes Citizen.

It switched to tabloid (“compact”) format in 2009 after 191 years as a broadsheet.

It comes out on Fridays. An e-edition is also available online by paid subscription.

  • Address:
  • The Westmorland Gazette
    1 Wainwright’s Yard
    LA9 4DP
  • Tel:
  • 01539 710161
  • Fax:
  • 01539 720990