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The Stamford Post

This building is the home of Britain’s oldest newspaper.

7 Sheep Market, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2QZ
No.7 Sheep Market was the office of the Stamford Mercury, Britain’s ‘oldest continuously published newspaper’. The Mercury moved here in 1988, not long after the first edition of its new tabloid size. The paper claims to have been founded in 1695. However, the date 1710 or 1712 seems more likely. The Stamford Post was launched in 1710, but reduced in size two years later, when it was renamed the Stamford Mercury.

An illustration and text about William Stukeley.

The text reads: English antiquarian who pioneered the archaeological investigation of the prehistoric monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury work for which he has been remembered as ‘probably … the most important of the early forerunners of the discipline of archaeology’. He was vicar of All Saints’ Church, Stamford between 1730 and 1747.

Photographs and text about Sir Harold Malcolm Watts Sargent.

The text reads: English conductor, organist and composer widely regarded as Britain’s leading conductor of choral works. Sargent was brought up in Stamford, Lincolnshire, where he joined the choir at Peterborough Cathedral, studied the organ and won a scholarship to Stamford School.

A photograph of maintaining of the printing press, c1950.



A photograph of the etching of an original printing press of R Hoe & Co London.



A photograph of a group of press photographers, c1926.



A photograph of press photographers, c1920.



A photograph of newspaper printing room, c1915.



A photograph of works with original printing blocks.



This building is the home of Britain’s oldest newspaper.



External photograph of the building – main entrance.


If you have information on the history of this pub, then we’d like you to share it with us. Please e-mail all information to: pubhistories@jdwetherspoon.co.uk