Clitheroe Advertiser and Times Archive


The work to restore the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times in now in its final phase and the last batch of volumes is with the Bookbinder Peter Doyle. Inevitably there has been change to some of the work originally envisaged but the project remains within budget albeit ‘slightly’ over time.  This invaluable printed resource will be continuing to be available for historic research by the Society and members of the public for many years to come.

To arrange access, please contact:

Mrs Shirley Penman
9 Seedall Avenue Clitheroe BB7 2LR
Tel: 01200 424462

The Society remains indebted to the generous grant from the Bowland Trust without which this important conservation exercise would simply not have been possible.

Digital Copies

The Clitheroe Advertiser & Times editions from 1888 and run up to 1975 have been digitised. We are currently in the process of making them available online.

The volumes from December 1888 to December 1894 are stored on Google Drive.

Click here to view the pdf files online.

The digital archive was made possible by generous support from The Bowland Trust

Some Notes to Help with Viewing and Researching

These are large files and we wouldn't recommend viewing them on a slow connection or on a mobile.

Initially you'll see a list of years. Click on the folder icon to open it to see what's inside.

In grid view each edition will show the first page in low resolution. Scroll down to see all the editions available.

Once you find the year and date you want to read, click on it to open the pages. You can zoom in and out by using the "-" and "+" keys on your keyboard or in the floating menu bar at the bottom.

At the top right are print and download buttons and in the option menu is a find button. Type key words in the find window to do a page search. The pdf has optical character recognition but it's not perfect as the text is, in places, so fine, faded or heavily distorted but give it a go and let us know how you get on.

To move from edition to edition you can use the chevrons left and right of the page (your keyboards arrows work as well) or you can go back to a scrolling list of the front pages by clicking the arrow top left.

Press Release on behalf of Clitheroe Civic Society 2/21

 Clitheroe Advertiser and Times Archive project successfully completed

Books need T.L.C.When the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times staff relocated from Clitheroe to Burnley in 2017, they found that the past editions that were held locally and dating back many years were in need of conservation due to deterioration of the bound volumes over time. So much so in fact that there was a risk that this important historical record would be lost. 

The late Pauline Wood, then Chair of Clitheroe Civic Society and others became aware of the issue and immediately recognised that it was vital to maintain this important record of Clitheroe, in Clitheroe and the Society sought to improve the condition of the volumes so that they could be accessed in due course as an important reference source. No other source can quite match newspapers to capture the important and indeed mundane details of everyday life in our town over the years. 

A generous grant was awarded by The Bowland Trust and a taskforce worked tirelessly to assess the condition of the volumes and decide what best to do with those beyond repair.


That led to engaging Peter Doyle, a highly experienced Bookbinder, who has now completed the mammoth task of re-binding 99 volumes dated between 1888 and 1975. Where re-binding has not been possible, editions have been carefully stored in appropriate boxes with the contents clearly labelled. 
The now preserved editions are stored in the Society’s archive above the Town Hall and the volumes will, in due course, recognise the sponsors who also helped to make this project possible. Many of the editions have already been digitised and whilst an on-going job, the first volumes are available as pdfs via the Society’s website (
Many people have been involved in this project and thanks are due as a minimum to – The Bowland Trust, Clitheroe Civic Society members Alan Dixon, Shirley Penman, Andrew Schofield, Steve Burke, Jean Parkinson, Janet Clegg, John Lambert, Barbara Alty, John Rowley, Dorothy Falshaw, Kathleen Duckworth.

Also Thwaites Brewery, Eric Nolan, Burnley Civic Trust and last but not least all of the sponsors who recognised the importance of this project ensuring that this part of Clitheroe’s heritage was saved for posterity and made available to all.