The Cornishman
TypeWeekly newspaper
Owner(s)Reach plc
EditorJacqui Walls
Founded1878; 146 years ago (1878)
HeadquartersPenzance, Cornwall
Circulation2,407 (as of 2023)[1]

The Cornishman is a weekly newspaper based in Penzance, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom which was first published on 18 July 1878. Circulation for the first two editions was 4,000.[2] An edition is currently printed every Thursday.[3][4] In early February 1880 the newspaper reported that it sold 11,000 copies over three editions, published on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The first Monday edition appeared on 2 February 1880.[5]

It formerly had a separate edition to cover the Isles of Scilly. However, it now just has one edition which covers the whole of the Penwith peninsula as well as the Isles of Scilly. It is part of the Cornwall & Devon Media. In 2012, Local World acquired Cornwall & Devon Media owner Northcliffe Media from Daily Mail and General Trust.[6] In October 2015, Trinity Mirror (Now Reach plc) reached agreement with Local World's other shareholders to buy the company.[7]

Historical copies of The Cornishman, dating back to 1878, are available to search and view in digitised form at The British Newspaper Archive.[4]


  1. ^ "Cornishman". Audit Bureau of Circulations (UK). 19 February 2024. Retrieved 2 March 2024.
  2. ^ "Untitled". The Cornishman. No. 3. 1 August 1878. p. 4.
  3. ^ Walls, Jacqui (1 March 2012). "In the heart of Penzance - where it all started". The Cornishman.
  4. ^ a b Digitised copies of The Cornishman
  5. ^ "Eleven Thousand Copies !!!". The Cornishman. No. 82. 5 February 1880. p. 3.
  6. ^ Daily Mail sells regional newspapers to Local World BBC News, 21 November 2012
  7. ^ "Trinity Mirror buys newspaper rival Local World". BBC News. 28 October 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2015.