Trewman's Exeter Flying Post

Trewman's Exeter Flying Post was a weekly newspaper published in Exeter between 1763 and 1917.

Robert Trewman (1738/39–1802) and William Andrews quarrelled with Andrew Brice, printer of the Exeter Journal, and left him to establish the Exeter Mercury or West Country Advertiser: after several changes of title, the newspaper became known as Trewman's Exeter Flying Post. Trewman's widow, son Robert (d. 1816) and grandson Robert James Trewman (d. 1860) continued the paper, before it was bought by James Bellerby.[1] By 1870 the newspaper advertised itself as "the oldest and most extensively circulated Conservative newspaper in the West of England". Its local competitors were the Western Times and the Exeter Gazette.

The title Exeter Flying Post was revived from 1976 to 2012 by an alternative newspaper (later a magazine) covering local news, arts, events and community affairs.[2] At first it appeared fortnightly,[3] but was later published monthly[4] or bi-monthly.[5]


  1. ^ Ian Maxted, ‘Trewman, Robert (1738/9–1802)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, accessed 29 Dec 2007
  2. ^ International Publications Service (1982). Benn's Press Directory, Volume 1. Benn's Publications Limited. p. 288. ISBN 9780510490287.
  3. ^ Smith, Carol (1985). The Underground and Alternative Press in Britain During 1983. Harvester Press Microform Publications. p. 17. ISBN 9780862570347.
  4. ^ Willing, James (1991). Willing's Press Guide, Volume 1. Reed Information Services. p. 508.
  5. ^ "The Flying Post Team". 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2014.

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