Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: March 10, 2018
Webpage updated: March 10, 2018




The Plymouth and Dock Weekly Journal was started in August 1819 on the same day that the Plymouth Gazette was launched.  The newspaper supported the Liberal cause. 

It was renamed the Plymouth and Devonport Weekly Journal and General Advertiser for Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset in 1824.

At first it was printed by a confederation of printers but was issued from number 57 Market Street, Plymouth, which was the premises of Messrs Nettleton and Son.  It cost 7d a copy.

By 1850 the Plymouth and Devonport Weekly Journal was the property of Mr Isaac Latimer and was published every Thursday from an office at 20 George Street, Plymouth.

Following the appearance of the Western Morning News, Mr Latimer launched another daily paper, at first called the Daily Western Mercury, in June 1860.

Plymouth Central Library holds the oldest copy known to be in existence, dated September 21st 1820, but only issues from 1821 onwards are available on microfilm. 

The success of the two daily newspapers brought about the end of the Plymouth and Devonport Weekly Journal in January 1863.