The series was founded in 1860. The Tewkesbury edition of what was then The Evesham Journal and Four Shires Advertiser was first launched in 1967, and became a separate title, the Tewkesbury Journal and Four Shires Advertiser, in 1980. It became the Cotswold Journal in 1984 and has kept that title ever since, apart from a year from June 1986 to June 1987 when all three titles in the series were reunited as editions of a single newspaper entitled simply Journal.
It’s published by Newsquest (Midlands South). The editorial offices moved a couple of years back from Evesham to Newsquest’s Worcester offices together with the other titles in the series, the Evesham Journal and the now defunct Pershore Journal.
Unlike the other titles in the series, its distribution is entirely by sales through the news trade, with no freesheet deliveries. It does however have a free e-edition, available through the website (though you have to provide an email address).
It comes out on Thursdays.