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Dealer digs up a cracking read

Antiques Dealer David Tomlin of Newgate Street, Morpeth, with old Morpeth Herald.
REF 1902141703

Antiques Dealer David Tomlin of Newgate Street, Morpeth, with old Morpeth Herald. REF 1902141703

AN antiques dealer has found a fascinating read after unearthing a copy of the Morpeth Herald from 1899.

The newspaper, which incorporates the Blyth and Bedlingtonshire Reporter, is in tip-top condition and was acquired by David Tomlin, of Tomlin’s Antiques in Newgate Street, from an Ashington resident.

Dated Saturday, November 25 and priced at a penny, it includes adverts for all manner of things, including artificial teeth, banjos, a litter of pigs and 3,000 yards of land.

Well-known Morpeth businesses past and present are included, such as Swinney Brothers and Rutherfords, and showing that a ‘compensation culture’ is nothing new, various solicitors urge people to claim for accidents, one stating that a total of £4million has been paid out.

News is dominated by the Boer War, but there are also the familiar council, club and sport reports, and part of the serialisation of a novel by Adeline Sergeant.

Mr Tomlin said: “I think there will be a lot of interest in this. To find another one would be very unlikely.”

 

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