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How it all began: View and download the Whitby Gazette from 1854

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ONE FINE morning in the July of the year 1854 a young man in his early 20s was wondering whether his new printing business would survive.

He was Ralph Horne, who had kissed his grandmother farewell and had set off from Seaton Carew, the small town by the Tees near Hartlepool.

He father had died in an accident at sea and his gran had sent him to Whitby to start life afresh.

And 160 years on, his creation the Whitby Gazette is still here.

I sit in the same building as I write this, along with my editorial and advertising colleagues.

We reproduce here the original edition, which comprised four A4-sized pages. It did not contain news but carried useful information about accommodation providers, where the visitors were from, tide times, details of omnibus and steam trips and the prices of hot and cold baths.

The Hornes later sold the newspaper to a family based in Scarborough and closed the Whitby printing press 36 years ago, but we still fly the flag for Whitby.

Please feel free to send your Whitby Gazette birthday greetings to ed.asquith@jpress.co.uk

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• VIEW AND DOWNLOAD THE WHITBY GAZETTE FROM JULY 6, 1854 -

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