From Vic­to­ria to 2014...

Egham News - - NEWS - By Eleanor Davis eleanor.davis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

FOUNDED on June 4 1892 with Queen Vic­to­ria still on the throne, the Sur­rey Her­ald was printed by J Rawl­ings of Chert­sey, and as hous­ing in­creased in the town, so did the sales.

The large broad­sheet front was adorned with ad­ver­tise­ments and re­porters doc­u­mented news from the courts, in­clud­ing the sad story of a failed Chert­sey busi­ness­man, Mr A.E. Grimes, who was dis­cov­ered in the Thames at Walton after a string of county court ap­pear­ances for debt.

Lo­cal elec­tions in March 1899 proved to be a quiet af­fair in Egham, with the pa­per pre­dict­ing lit­tle change be­tween Mod­er­ates and Pro­gres­sives on the parish coun­cil.

Signs of a po­lit­i­cal agenda were more ap­par­ent how­ever, with the in­ser­tion that any change of coun­cil­lors in Vir­ginia Wa­ter would be ‘clearly for the worse’.

Our col­leagues in the late 1800s were dig­ging for in­for­ma­tion be­hind strange go­ings on in Ad­dle­stone, with a re­port of an ‘in­ge­nious but un­suc­cess­ful fraud’ penned by the pa­per’s spe­cial en­quiry agent.

The news­pa­per fol­lowed an un­usual case of Me­shach Child, from Vic­to­ria Road, who was ad­mit­ted to St Thomas’s Hos­pi­tal after be­ing kicked by another boy.

Fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the pa­per re­ported that Me­shach had been dis­charged fit and well from hos­pi­tal, yet re­turned home swathed in ban­dages be­ing car­ried in his mother’s arms from Ad­dle­stone sta­tion to his home, caus­ing ‘quite a stir’.

Pub­lic of­fi­cials were said to have vis­ited the house and tempted the boy out of bed with a penny to walk across the room, down­stairs and even­tu­ally to run up and down six times, prov­ing he was a ‘cun­ning lit­tle im­poster’.

Tragic tales from the Boer War made the pages of early 20th cen­tury edi­tions as Chert­sey vol­un­teers were sent to the front. But morale was kept high by the Her­ald in 1914 when river ex­cur­sions, cin­ema list­ings and re­gat­tas made the front pages as war beck­oned.

By 1917 the price in­creased from a half­penny to a penny and two years later A T ‘Tommy’ Ledger be­came ed­i­tor.

The pa­per’s home in Wind­sor Street, Chert­sey, was de­mol­ished in 1934 and re­built as an Art Deco of­fice block.

In May 1945, read­ers were in­vited to the Red Cross Vic­tory Fete in Ot­ter­shaw and a grand dance in Walton. Printed along­side was a col­umn con­tain­ing the names of those most re­cently lost in ser­vice.

Ad­ver­tise­ments shame­lessly used the vic­tory in Europe to boost brands, in­clud­ing OXO.

Prices rose once again in 1957, to three­pence (3d) and the fol­low­ing year news re­placed ad­verts on the front for the first time.

By 1975 our of­fices ex­panded un­der ed­i­tor WJG ‘Bob’ Cherry and in 1985 the Her­ald con­verted to tabloid and three years later moved to East­worth Road in Chert­sey.

In 1994 Richard Par­sons be­came ed­i­tor and dur­ing his eight years in the seat, the pa­per took over the In­former se­ries in 1998 and re­duced in size again in 2001.

In 2008 re­porter Rus­sell Butt joined. He will have cov­ered Egham, Staines, Wok­ing and Chert­sey by the time he departs at the end of this year.

That year was also the launch of Get Sur­rey, a web­site which now at­tracts around 2.2 mil­lion page views a month, pub­lish­ing sto­ries from the Her­ald to a grow­ing on­line au­di­ence.

The Her­ald joined sis­ter pa­pers in Stoke Mill in Guild­ford last year un­der news ed­i­tor Amy Tay­lor.

After 122 years, this is the last edi­tion of the Her­ald, bring­ing you news from court, lo­cal pol­i­tics, com­mu­nity news and en­ter­tain­ment.

The first edi­tion of the Run­nymede & Spelthorne Sur­rey Ad­ver­tiser will be on sale on Box­ing Day. We will see you then.

News? What news? front pages were all about

ad­ver­tise­ments in 1899

21st cen­tury life: It is 2010 and gangs are caus­ing trou­ble in

Sun­bury.

It’s 1990 and Princess Anne is pic­tured at the

flower show.

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