I have used newspaper reports extensively in my research.
Sidmouth Museum (in the persons of Rab and Christine Barnard) has provided access to early Sidmouth Observer and Sidmouth Herald papers as well as to photographs and I am very grateful for this.
British Newspaper Archive is an online resource in partnership with the British Library. My subscription to this has allowed me to search historical newspaper reports from all over the country. The most useful publications have been the Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, the Devon and Exeter Daily Gazette, the Exeter Flying Post, and the Western Times. All images sourced from here are under the copyright of the British Museum.
The BNA also provides a decade (1862-72) of the Sidmouth Journal and Directory, a weekly newspaper, but unfortunately it is too early to help much except for some background information. If anyone has copies of its last decade and a half in print I would be very interested to see them.
1893 July – the need for a new Drill Hall 1893 report
1895 April – the laying of the foundation stone 1895 5th April article pdf
1895 August – fund-raising bazaar 1895 14th Aug. article pdf
1904 Major Orchard retires 1904 6th July article pdf
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