On this day in 1877 The Evening News (later The News) was first published as a four-page broadsheet.
The editor was a Scot, James Graham Niven, who had developed his entrepreneurial skills in Australia.
Six compositors handset the type in a small upstairs bedroom above a disused butcher’s shop in Arundel Street, Landport, and the paper was printed in a former slaughterhouse behind the premises.
The press could produce 2,000 copies an hour and each was folded by hand before being transferred to a dog cart for distribution.
In 1892 William Gates became editor, a post he held for 34 years at the same time as working as a local historian and author – from John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.