The 250th anniversary of the Shrewsbury Chronicle – one of England’s oldest newspapers – was marked by the publication of a book telling the history of the newspaper from the reign of George III to the present day.
Since its launch in 1772, four years before the United States of America even existed, the colorful story of the Shrewsbury Chronicle has been told in the new publication by former Chronicle journalist and Shropshire Star Phil Gillam.
“The Chronicle was the first newspaper I worked for, I joined the team as a trainee journalist in 1977,” says Phil. “Even then, I was very aware of the title’s long history and was very proud to work for it.
“Decades later, while working at the Shropshire Star, I found myself contributing a regular weekly column for the Chronicle, delighted to once again be lyrical about events in my beloved home town. So I really had an association with this newspaper all my life. I even had letters published there when I was only 13 or 14 years old.
“The book is primarily a historical archival work, but it also contains bits of personal memoir, some amusing stories, as well as some great essays by a number of former Chronicle reporters. In piecing it all together, I I found it absolutely fascinating to see how this journal has evolved over 250 years.
Many colorful characters have helped shape the Chronicle over its two and a half centuries, including Sir Beville Stanier, the newspaper’s proprietor from 1908 to 1916, who said: “I’d rather keep two packs of hounds than one accursed log ! and Fyfe Robertson who had been a young journalist in Shrewsbury before rising to fame years later as a television personality.
The book is now available from Waterstones in High Street, Shrewsbury, Pengwern Books, Fish Street, Shrewsbury and Raven Books in Shrewsbury Market