The Essex Chronicle plans to hold a historical exhibition and produce a souvenir supplement as part of a series of events during this its 240th year of publishing.
The newspaper was originally called The Chelmsford Chronicle and was available in outlets such as Peele’s Coffee House in Fleet Street, bearing the slogan “To be continued every Friday”. It is now published in six regional editions and claims a readership of more than 150,000.
Chronicle editor Stuart Rawlins said: “This is another milestone in the history of a paper that was being read before the US was discovered. The Chronicle forms part of the history of Essex and in particular, Chelmsford.
It has played, and continues to play, a significant part in the community and in the lives of those people who live or work in the county.
“Although the Chronicle continues to keep pace with changes in society and changes in technology, its roots in the community remain as strong as when it was launched 240 years ago.”