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Demise of 115-year-old weekly newspaper confirmed

The editor of a West London weekly newspaper first established in the reign of Queen Victoria has confirmed its closure.

As reported on HTFP earlier this month, the Hounslow and Brentford Times is ceasing publication after 115 years.

The decision, which had been announced to staff at the Newsquest-owned title three weeks ago, was finally confirmed in a lengthy piece on the website of its sister title the Richmond and Twickenham Times by editor Helen Barnes.

She said the decision had been taken “reluctantly” following a “lengthy review.”

Wrote Helen: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal readers and advertisers for their support over the years. For more than a century the Hounslow and Brentford Times has brought readers the news that matters.

“From its early days reporting events, including the death of King Edward VII and the national display of mourning to the recent elections, the paper has strived to serve its community.”

The first edition of the paper, then known as the Chiswick Times, was published on 29 March 1895, priced one penny.

It underwent several changes of name before arriving at its present title in 2008 as a result of the amalgamation of the Brentford, Chiswick and Isleworth Times and the Hounslow, Feltham and Hanworth Times.


Onlooker (26/07/2010 10:50:29)
A lengthy piece on the website? Didn’t look that long to me. I handled it easily, but then I’m 59. How long are attention spans these days?

Graham Smith (26/07/2010 12:24:57)
Well said “59”. As a fellow dinosaur of 58 I regularly write 4,000 word features, around 400 times the attention span of today’s so called journalists!

Creosote Arthur (26/07/2010 15:13:09)
And I bet they’re boring as.

Sword of truth (27/07/2010 14:19:32)
Creosote Arthur – you’re such a corrosive little troll. Dunno how old you are, but your mental age is about 12 I’d say. Here’s 20p – run along and play and leave the grown-ups alone.