Blackburn Telegraph – Lancashire Telegraph

Blackburn Telegraph History:

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The history of Lancashire Telegraph (Blackburn Telegraph) started on October 26th, 1886 when the first copy surfaced around the streets. The last two decades of the 19th centuries had industrial and revolutionary history and due to it several conventional employment and entertainment paradigms were changed. Initially, Lancashire Telegraph was known as ‘Northern Daily Telegraph’. The newspaper also holds the honour to be the ‘First Evening Newspaper in East Lancashire’.

Today, thousands of copies get distributed around Rossendale, Burnley, Blackburn, Ribble Valley, Blackburn with Darwen, Accrington, Clitheroe, and Pendle.

Facts About Lancashire Telegraph:


Did you know?

Locals called the newspaper as ‘Blackburn Telegraph’ for quite some time because of its East Lancashire origin


Thomas Purvis Ritzema and Blackburn Newspaper:

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According to online sources, the Blackburn Telegraph was founded as a newspaper by Thomas Purvis Ritzema who was managing director of Northern Daily Telegraph (later Lancashire Evening Telegraph). Thomas bought two shops at 19 and 21 near Railway Road in Blackburn and started the local newspaper business.

However, another source claims that the Blackburn newspaper was founded by the father of Thomas Purvis Ritzema while Thomas served in the military as Lt.-Col and was a prominent name in the East Lancashire Brigade (66th division).

Historical Timeline of Lancashire Telegraph:

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  • 1886 – First copy was available for a ½ penny on 26 October
  • 1894 – Blackburn Telegraph head office was shifted to corner-midst of Railway Road and High Street
  • 1939 – Advertisement related to War were replaced with News after WWII
  • 1956 – Northern Daily Telegraph became Northern Evening Telegraph
  • 1963 – Northern Evening Telegraph became Lancashire Evening Telegraph
  • 1965 – a First newspaper with the spot colour was introduced
  • 1982 – Head office was shifted to High Street followed by computerized newspaper technology
  • 1995 – Became 1st local newspaper in the UK to the daily updated news on the internet
  • 2006 – district offices were closed due to minor financial instabilities followed by a name change to Lancashire Telegraph
  • 2011 – Won award of North West: Newspaper of the year

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How can I get to Lancashire Telegraph head office?

Following Blackburn public transport may help you in getting to and from Lancashire Telegraph head office in Blackburn.

Travel to Lancashire Telegraph Head office by Train – Hop on any train that has a stop at Blackburn Train Station BB1 1EX and from the there, high street is a few minutes away.

Travel to Lancashire Telegraph Head office by Bus/Coach – Use the following bus stations as destinations to reach the Lancashire Telegraph head office in minutes: Interchange BB1 1EZ (Stand 6 Moving People), BB1 1EX (Stand 5,1,2,4 The Blackburn Bus Company).

Travel to Lancashire Telegraph Head office by Taxi – Travelling in taxis in Blackburn is the safest choice and affordable choice you can have. You can book a prompt taxi to Lancashire Telegraph head office by Blackburn Taxis from anywhere in Lancashire 24 hours a day.

What are the contact details of Lancashire Telegraph Head office?

  • Lancashire Telegraph Head Office Address – 50-54 Church Lane, Near 1 High Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, UK
  • Lancashire Telegraph Head Office Postcode – BB1 5AL
  • Lancashire Telegraph Head Office Phone Number – 01254 298220 (News-desk)
  • Lancashire Telegraph Head Office Opening Hours – 9 AM to 5 PM (not confirmed)