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Although appearing occassionally in other newspapers such as the Yorkshire Post,External Website logo Malhamdale news and events are generally reported in the Craven Herald & Pioneer External Website logo today. This is a newspaper whose roots go back to one first published in Skipton around 1865. Although the paper is now part of a large group and no longer printed in the town, it continues to serve the Craven area and is one of the few newspapers in the country to retain the traditional small advertisements on the front page.

A Brief history of Craven newspapers

The first Skipton newspaper was the Craven Weekly Pioneer, and General Advertiser for West Yorkshire and East Lancashire which was started around 1865 and continued until 1871 when it became the Craven Pioneer. In 1884 it became known as the West Yorkshire Pioneer and East Lancashire News and in 1934 it was finally named the West Yorkshire Pioneer.

Meanwhile a rival, The Craven Herald appeard in 1875, becoming the Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard in 1878 and then later, in 1922, it became known as the Craven Herald again.

In the early 1930s the Craven Times made a very brief appearance (Colindale Library list only a single edition)

In 1937 the West Yorkshire Pioneer merged with the Craven Herald to become the newspaper which still serves the community today : -

Craven Herald logo

Where to find articles and announcements from the newspapers

To consult old editions of the paper you will have to contact or visit either Skipton Library External Website logo or the British Library Newspaper Library External Website logo at Colindale. Skipton library has an excellent collection of back issues and filmed copies. For more recent articles you can search the archives of recent editions of the Craven Herald & Pioneer which are available on their online news site.External Website logo

logo Holdings of Craven newspapers at Colindale Newspaper Library.
       Dates quoted do not necessarily denote continuous coverage is available.
Newspaper Title
The Craven Weekly Pioneer, and General Advertiser for West Yorkshire and East Lancashire 11 Nov.1865 15 April 1871
Craven Pioneer 22 April 1871 27 Dec.1884
West Yorkshire Pioneer and East Lancashire News 2 Jan.1885 6 April 1934
West Yorkshire Pioneer 13 April 1934 25 June 1937
The Craven Herald 24 April 1875 28 Sept.1878
Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard 5 Oct.1878 9 June 1922
Craven Herald 16 June 1922 25 June 1937
Craven Herald & Pioneer 2 July 1937 to date
Craven Times 1 Oct.1932  

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