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The Manchester Times was a weekly newspaper published in Manchester, England, from 1828 to 1922. It was known for its free trade radicalism.

From 1828 to 1847, the newspaper was edited by Archibald Prentice, a political radical and advocate of free trade.[1] After swallowing the Manchester Gazette, the paper took the title Manchester Times and Gazette in 1831.[2] In 1835 the paper published a series of letters by Richard Cobden, and Prentice subsequently made it a mouthpiece for the Anti-Corn-Law League.[1]

In 1849, the paper merged with the Manchester Examiner, recently founded as a radical competitor after a falling-out between Prentice and Cobden,[citation needed] and became the Manchester Examiner and Times. (The Examiner had been founded by the young Edward Watkin, whose father was noted for his involvement in the Anti-Corn-Law League.) Briefly known as the Manchester Weekly Examiner & Times in 1856–57, the paper settled down under the title Manchester Weekly Times and Examiner (or simply Manchester Weekly Times) in 1858.[2]

The newspaper's last issue appeared on 22 July 1922.[3]

The 3,973 issues of the Manchester Times, published between 1828 and 1900, are available to read in digitised form at the British Newspaper Archive.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Prentice, Archibald" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  2. ^ a b c Digitised copies of the Manchester Times at the British Newspaper Archive
  3. ^ R. E. G. Smith, ed. (1964). Newspapers first published before 1900 in Lancashire, Cheshire, and the Isle of Man: a union list of holdings in libraries and newspaper offices within that area. Library Association, Reference, Special, and Information Section. p. 26. Retrieved 6 January 2013.