Why this blog?

I started this blog in 2018 to make best use of my British Newspaper Archive subscription and encourage people to do more local and family history research using primary sources.

Back then, despite there being no Wakefield-specific newspaper titles in the online Archive, there was nevertheless plenty of interesting material relating to Wrenthorpe, producing over 100 blog posts. There’s now scope for further blog posts, as in 2020, four Wakefield titles were added to the Archive: Wakefield Express (1862-1918), Wakefield & West Riding Herald (1839-1913), Wakefield Advertiser & Gazette (1906-1925), and Wakefield Free Press (1860-1900).

Almost all the newspaper articles featured in the blog date from before 1914. Most blog posts include an introduction and some commentary fitting them into the wider picture of Wrenthorpe’s past. Any minor clarifications within the articles themselves are written in square brackets.

The best way to navigate this site is via the subject tags.