A weekly newspaper is set to close its office after 40 years this autumn.
The Bridport and Lyme Regis News office in East Street, Bridport, is expected to close with staff at the Newsquest-owned title working elsewhere.
It is understood the Bridport title has been based at its current premises for around 40 years and the newspaper is thought to have had a presence in the town since it was founded in 1855.
The building has now been put up for rent for £9,500 per year and its property details say that it will be available in late 2015.
Newsquest has declined to comment on the office closure or reveal where its staff will be based afterwards but it is thought they may work from home or from the Dorset Echo’s headquarters in Weymouth, 21 miles away.
It is understood that Newquest’s lease on the property expires at the end of October and the company has chosen not to renew it.
In July last year, the publisher merged the Bridport News and the Lyme Regis News, previously published as two separate editions, into a single larger newspaper and raised the cover price by 5p to 50p.
The property brochure describes the building as a “very attractive ground floor office/shop premises in a period Grade II Listed building.”
It adds the property has “excellent pedestrian flow” and nearby occupiers include national retailers and local independent businesses.
Former Bridport News editor Anthony Bonnici, who is now night online editor at The Times, tweeted last month: “Bridport News is selling its East Street office, no doubt as part of ‘exciting changes’ and likely to move to ‘bumper’ new premises.”
The property is being marketed by Humberts and can be viewed on Rightmove here.