Guide to Old Hertfordshire


Hertfordshire Standard

St Albans - 1877 to 1907




St Albans

also known as The Herts Standard & St Albans Citizen

In 1877 the Hertfordshire Standard appeared to represent the Conservative views, as opposed to the Herts Advertiser's Liberal stance.

The 1882 Kelly's Directory reports that it was owned  and published on Wednesday and Saturday by the Hertfordshire Standard Newspaper Company Ltd (company secretary Albert Clerk; manager Arthur Williams), Chequer Street, St Albans.

The 1886 Kelly's Directory reports that it was owned, published and printed by William Cartmel from the Hertfordshire Standard Steam Printing Works in Victoria Street.

In 1887 the book Hertfordshire Men of Mark was published, written by Truman Press, editor of the Hertfordshire Standard and printed by William Cartmel, Victoria Street.

The 1890 Kelly's Directory reports that the Herts Standard & St Albans Citizen was owned and published by Truman Press.

In 1892 Hertfordshire County Homes was published at Victoria Street St Albans,  described as the Offices of the "Hertfordshire Standard," the "Watford Times,", The "Barnet and Southgate Times," and the "Finchley Telegraph".

The 1894 Kelly's Directory reports that lists "Press  Truman, publisher & sole proprietor of 'The Herts Standard & St Albans Citizen' and publisher & part proprietor of 'The Herts Illustrated Review,' Victoria Street. See Advertisement".

In October 1897 the Herts Standard & St Albans Citizen held a meeting in the Public Hall, Hatfield, relating to it "Existence to be Continued". The press cutting, which unfortunately I have not yet seen, apparently lists members of its Executive Committee, and was reported in paper - possibly 16th October. This would suggest there had been some problem which had threatened the continued publication of the paper.

In 1899 Kelly's Directory lists both the The Herts Standard & St Albans Citizen and Barnet Times as being published by Truman Press & Co while William Cartmel has dropped the "Herts Standard" from the description of his printing works in Victoria Street.

In 1899 another rival, the St Albans Gazette & County Advertiser started publishing. This only survived until 1907.

In 1902 the The Herts Standard & St Albans Citizen and the Barnet Times were both being published by The Herts Standard Printing Co. Limited. Neither are listed in the county directory for 1908 and the Standard is known to have ceased publishing in 1907. The 1907 Kelly's street Directory for St Albans lists five papers, the Barnet Times, the Finchley Telegraph, the Harpenden Mail, the Herts Standard and the Southgate Times being published by The Herts Standard Printing Co. Limited in Victoria Street. none are mentioned in its 1909 edition.


Truman PRESS, St Albans, Late 19th Century

for a detailed account of the involvement of the Press family in running the Hertfordshire Standard and other papers.

If you can add to the information given above tell me.

Page created February 2008