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.”