27th September 1715 - Salisbury's first newspaper published

Salisbury’s first newspaper, ‘The Salisbury Post Man’ was published 27th Sept 1715

In 1989, C.Y. Ferdinand wrote an article called ‘Benjamin Collins, the Salisbury Journal, and the Provincial Book Trade’ for a publication called the library. It started:

The first number of Samuel Farley's thrice weekly Salisbury Post Man, or Packet of Intelligence from France, Spain, Portugal &c is dated 27 September 1715. Farley did not find the 200 regular subscribers he felt were required to make his ambitious venture a profitable one, and Salisbury's first newspaper failed within a matter of months.[1]

Update:The full text of the article is currently available here

There is a discussion of the Salisbury Post Man on the Wiltshire Council Community History website


[1] Benjamin Collins, the Salisbury Journal, and the Provincial Book Trade C. Y. FERDINAND The Library, Volume s6-XI, Issue 2, 1 June 1989, Pages 116138, https://doi.org/10.1093/library/s6-XI.2.116 Published: 01 June 1989 URL: http://library.oxfordjournals.org/content/s6-XI/2/116.extract