First edition of The Evening News published

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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.