Buckinghamshire Examiner

The Buckinghamshire Examiner more usually known as the Bucks Examiner was a weekly newspaper, published on Wednesdays and distributed in the towns of Amersham, Chesham, and the surrounding villages in the Chiltern area of Buckinghamshire, England. Its last owner and publisher was Trinity Mirror.

Buckinghamshire Examiner
TypeWeekly newspaper
Owner(s)Reach plc
PublisherTrinity Mirror Southern Ltd
EditorShujaul Azam
Founded1889 (1889)
Ceased publicationFebruary 2019 (2019-02)
HeadquartersUxbridge, Middlesex

It was first published in 1889 under the banner Amersham Examiner.[1] The paper moved to Chesham in the 1890s along with the Amersham & Rickmansworth Times. It was known for a period as the Chesham Examiner only becoming the Bucks Examiner in 1906. In the 1960s, following the introduction of lithographic technology, it was the first weekly newspaper in the UK to carry a full colour advert.[2] Until 2009 it had its main office in the Chesham town when this closed the editorial office was relocated to Uxbridge.

The paper covered local news, features, leisure and sport including the exploits of Chesham United football club and Chesham Cricket Club.

The Bucks Examiner was jointly published by Trinity Mirror Group of Newspapers with the tabloid newspaper the Buckinghamshire Advertiser. The newspapers shared editorial teams and regional news reports.

The Buckinghamshire Advertiser was founded by William Broadwater in November 1853 as the Buckinghamshire Advertiser, and Middlesex, Herts, Berks, Beds, and Oxon Gazette. By 1861, and after several name changes, it was known as Broadwater's Buckinghamshire Advertiser, Uxbridge Journal, Middlesex, Herts, Berks, Beds, and Oxon Gazette. Since then the paper was bought and sold by a number of owners and underwent several further name changes before being purchased by Trinity Mirror in 2004.[3] It was distributed in Beaconsfield, Chalfont St Giles, Chalfont St Peter and Gerrards Cross.


Parent company Reach plc, (successor to Trinity Mirror), announced the closure of both the Buckinghamshire Examiner and sister paper Buckinghamshire Advertiser, effective February 2019. It cited a continued decline in local print advertising, which had rendered the titles unsustainable.[4]


  1. ^ Jeremy Sumner Wycherley Gibson; Bret Langston; Brenda W. Smith (2002). Local Newspapers, 1750-1920. England: Clearfield Co Ltd.[1]
  2. ^ End of an era...but your newspaper is going nowhere Archived 27 May 2009 at the Wayback MachineBucks Examiner, Retrieved 30 January 2011
  3. ^ 'From the Journal to the Gazette - October 2006' Heritage Building Bridges Archived March 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2 February 2011
  4. ^ "Harlow Star, Herts & Essex Observer, Bucks Advertiser/Examiner to close". HoldtheFrontPage. 23 January 2019. Retrieved 23 August 2020.

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