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History of the Church Times

The Church Times, founded in 1863, has become the world's leading Anglican weekly newspaper. It has always been independent of the Church of England hierarchy.

It was a family concern until 1989, when ownership passed to Hymns Ancient & Modern, a Christian charitable trust. The Church Times was started to campaign for Anglo-Catholic principles, which it did with vigour and rudeness.

But in the 1940s and '50s the paper began the move to broaden its outlook and coverage. It now attempts to provide balanced and fair reporting of events and opinions across the whole range of Anglican affairs. The rudeness we now leave to our readers.

Our archive - login for free this July
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To celebrate the publication of our 8000th issue we're opening up the Church Times archive to everyone this month.

Read reports from issues stretching back to 1863, search for your parish or see if any of the clergy you know get a mention.

Explore the archive

Tue 26 Jul 16 @ 10:13
RT @BBCBreakingTwo hostage-takers at church near Rouen shot dead, French media report https://t.co/bDrdFDa4n3

Tue 26 Jul 16 @ 10:00
RT @LukeCoppenLe Figaro says a priest, two Sisters and two faithful are being held hostage in the church: https://t.co/JNUIlVV7SB https://t.co/zCV5BLze3Z