County Press archive is a hit

By Alan Marriott

Sunday, April 13, 2014


County Press archive is a hit

Download this Isle of Wight County Press front page for free from the County Press archive.

ISLANDERS are loving the Isle of Wight County Press’s new online archive.

In the first week alone, more than 300 people signed up for the new searchable archive of all the County Press’s 130-year history.

The site, which is accessed through, has more than 160,000 pages in 6,000 editions available in a searchable PDF format, dating back to the paper’s launch in 1884.

Although it is a paid-for service, you can sign up for free and access the regularly changed free page. This week that takes users back to the 1990s when terror struck the Island as an animal rights activist firebombed shops in Ryde and Newport.

To access the CP archive, click the green tab at the top of the home page on


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by IWCP Webmaster

18th April 2014, at 12:52:04

@ Garry Green. Hi, apologies for the lack of a response to your e-mail. I will speak to the technical team on Tuesday and ask them to reply as a matter of priority. Ross (web editor)

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by GARRY Green

17th April 2014, at 23:17:12

Now I have just tried to access the page that refused to load last week and still not working!!! No reply to my email either! Getting bored with this so called "Hit" because it should be fixed by now. Waiting..........................

by IWCP Online

14th April 2014, at 12:01:18

Jack Burton:

We still have our archives on microfilm freely available for public viewing in our front offices. Our offices are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Kind regards

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by Matt Edmunds

14th April 2014, at 10:00:56

Why do people expect everything to be free on the internet? In times of declining print circulations, newspapers have to make sales wherever they can. This service isn't perfect yet, but it didn't exist at all two weeks ago! And yet everyone's complaining! It can only improve. I've used it a few times already and found what I was looking for. You can download 20 pages for the price of a pint of beer, but if you're time-rich and cash-poor there's still the option of looking at the microfiches in Pyle Street, just as you always could.

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by Jack Burton

13th April 2014, at 20:18:14

Can you still pop into the County Press office and use the micro-fiche ?

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by GARRY Green

13th April 2014, at 19:08:20

Relative to other archives and such like, it is not expensive at all! I loved the idea when I first saw it and once you have found your first page you tend to start remembering other pages you may want to view! Just needs some tweaking and I realise that CP are not the operators of the actual software that you use to access the archives. Looking forward to seeing some of the original festival pages and such like!

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by Ashley Harcourt

13th April 2014, at 15:45:28

Not impressed with the expensive pricing structure but assuming you were willing to pay then wouldn't you want a service that worked? Far too buggy at the mo. Nice effort but needs to work.

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by Mike Crowe

13th April 2014, at 14:28:06

Priced themselves out for me too, pity.

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by John Heelan

13th April 2014, at 13:27:47

Charging from 14p to 25p per view you have priced yourself out of the market for me because- once the system set-up costs have been recouped- the fees are almost pure profit. Pity!

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by John Lovell

13th April 2014, at 13:12:45

You say "the regularly changed free page. This week that takes users back to the 1990s"
Don't you understand CP. that people access an archive to read what they want to read. Not what you decide to give them.

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