Teesdale Mercury Archive

Aug 22nd 2019.    Users please note:

We have been advised that searches in the years 1960 to 1969 have returned few in any hits.  The issue has been traced to seriously corrupted OCR files. We are currently rescanning and checking ALL of the pages from this period.  Revised OCR files will be uploaded as these become available. To date, files have been replaced for the years 1960-1964, 1968 and 1969.  Users are advised to rerun searches for these years. A significant increase in hits may be experienced.

This online archive and website forms the central resource of the Teesdale Mercury Access Project (TMAP), a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers. The Teesdale Mercury is one of the few remaining independent local newspapers in England.  It has been published in Barnard Castle (in the heart of Teesdale, County Durham) since July 1855.

The archive has been developed by converting approximately 66,000 pages of the Teesdale Mercury into searchable images. These images digitally preserve every page of the newspaper from its first issue in July 1855 until December 2005.  The page images may be simply browsed or the page text of the complete archive can be searched for words or phrases.


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We would be delighted to hear the results of your researches using the Teesdale Mercury Archive.  Did you discover a long-lost relative, find an unexpected report, or a series of accounts which together tell a story that might otherwise not have been told?

Send us a report detailing what you were searching for and why, how you went about the search, and what exciting facts you discovered.  Your account may be of any length, with or without illustrations. We will add the best accounts to the TMA webpage for others to see.

Send your account as an email or as an email attachment to info@teesdalemercuryarchive.org.uk

Our volunteers look forward to reading of your experiences.