Bristol has a far longer history of newspaper publishing than most cities. Here are just a few milestones.

1702: Bristol printer William Bonny starts the Bristol Post Boy. A 1704 edition at the Bristol reference library is the oldest example of a British provincial paper still in existence.

1715: Samuel Farley's Bristol Post Man is the first of many papers published by Farley family.

1752: Felix Farley's Bristol Journal launched. Farley uses it to advertise his quack medicine business.

1757: Sarah Farley becomes first Bristol newspaper editor to be sued for libel.

1790: Bristol Mercury launched.

1827: James Acland publishes his short-lived Bristolian paper accusing council of corruption. The Council spends huge sums of money prosecuting him for libel.

1839: Joseph Leech launches Bristol Times using £500 from his father; he had asked for his inheritance in advance.

1852: Bristol papers run first stories sent from London by electric telegraph.

1858: Western Daily Press becomes Bristol's first daily paper.

1877: Bristol Evening News is city's first evening paper.

1929: Bristol Evening World launched by Daily Mail owner Lord Rothermere, starting a bitter circulation war.

1932: Evening Post launched in opposition to Evening World.

1939: Bristol United Press formed, amalgamating Evening World and Evening Post.

1940-41: On some mornings during the Blitz, Bristol papers are just typewritten sheets.

1962: Evening World merges with Evening Post.

1974: Post & Press building on Temple Way opened.

1981: Bristol United Press launches Observer series of free weekly papers.

1996: Venue magazine is first Bristol publication to start a website;

2000: Bristol United Press taken over by Northcliffe Newspaper Group.