History of the Weston Mercury office – in pictures

Preparing the Cossar flat bed press.

Preparing the Cossar flat bed press. - Credit: Archant

The Weston Mercury office in Weston-super-Mare’s Waterloo Street has not changed much from the outside since it was opened in July 1885. But inside, it has seen a huge number of changes with computers which took three people to carry, to huge printing presses. Have a look at our previously unpublished pictures for a taste of how the town’s journalists worked in the 1970s and 1980s.

The editorial department with Jill Dando (second from left).

The editorial department with Jill Dando (second from left). - Credit: Archant

The Goss Web-offset press at work.

The Goss Web-offset press at work. - Credit: Archant

Inputting copy to the photosetting system which replace the linotype machines.

Inputting copy to the photosetting system which replace the linotype machines. - Credit: Archant

Linotype machines at work.

Linotype machines at work. - Credit: Archant

Arrival of the first computers at the Weston Mercury.

Arrival of the first computers at the Weston Mercury. - Credit: Archant

Restoration work on the stonework of the Mercury building.

Restoration work on the stonework of the Mercury building. - Credit: Archant

Making up the type into pages in the compositors room.

Making up the type into pages in the compositors room. - Credit: Archant

Old front office interiors

Old front office interiors - Credit: Archant

Newsprint paper delivery.

Newsprint paper delivery. - Credit: Archant

The roof line of the press room building before improvement works began.

The roof line of the press room building before improvement works began. - Credit: Archant

The Weston Mecury building won first prize in the towns 1897 Jubilee illuminations.

The Weston Mecury building won first prize in the towns 1897 Jubilee illuminations. - Credit: Archant

The editorial department.

The editorial department. - Credit: Archant

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