The London Gazette

On 7 November 1665 The London Gazette, the oldest surviving English newspaper and the oldest continuously published newspaper in the UK, started life as The Oxford Gazette.

Why the name change? When the Gazette was first published, the royal court had moved to Oxford to escape the Great Plague of London. After the plague dissipated, king and court moved back, along with the Gazette, which promptly switched its name, publishing for the first time as The London Gazette on 5 February 1666.The paper survives today as one of the official journals of record of the British government, publishing Grants of Royal Assent to bills in Parliament, appointments to certain public offices, commissions and promotions in the armed services, and royal proclamations.


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