Thursday, May 7, 2015

Leighton Buzzard Observer (1863-1889) now on British Newspaper Archive

The Leighton Buzzard Observer and Linslade Gazette is now online. While Leighton Buzzard is in Bedfordshire and Linslade was (in the 19th century) in Buckinghamshire the paper often included news (and adverts) relating to N.W. Hertfordshire. For instance I noted 1660 references to "Tring" between 1863 and 1889, 320 to Markyate, 192 to Ashridge, 184 to Caddington (now in Beds), 184 to Kensworth (now in Beds), 158 to Studham (now in Beds), 142 to Gaddesden and 60 to Flamstead. The larger towns in Hertfordshire also get frequent mentions with 2364 for St Albans, 1615 for Hemel Hempstead, 1447 for Watford, about 950 for Berkhamsted (various spellings), 867 for Hertford and 528 for Hitchin.

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