On 7 November 2015 The London Gazette celebrates its 350 year anniversary as the oldest surviving English newspaper, and the oldest continuously published newspaper in the UK. You can find all 350 years of it online at www.thegazette.co.uk.
It all began in 1665. Following the outbreak of the plague in England, Charles II was forced to move his court out of London to Oxford. Exiled courtiers were so terrified of the disease that they were unwilling to even touch London newspapers for fear of contagion. To allow the court to report the facts of the day, the Oxford Gazette was born; first published on 7 November 1665. Continue reading »