The Chronicle & Echo has this week completed a move to a new home in the heart of Northampton town centre.
The newspaper had been based at its large headquarters in Upper Mounts since 1978, but on Thursday, staff finished moving to a new three-storey office block in Victoria Street, close to the Greyfriars bus station.
Chronicle & Echo editor, David Summers, said the move to the newpaper’s new home, which is just 500 yards away from the previous office on the corner of Earl Street, represented a new era for the paper.
He said: “Our offices at Upper Mounts have served us well but it is now showing its age. Albert House is a professional, modern working environment and we are all looking forward to moving in.”
The Chronicle & Echo has been Northampton’s main newspaper since it was first published as a daily in 1931.
But its roots stretch back to the early 1700s when the first edition of the Northampton Mercury was published at the newspaper’s offices, then based on the Market Square.
The Mercury will also now be published from the new offices in Victoria Street.
Both the Mercury and the Chron remained on the Market Square until 1978, when they moved to Upper Mounts so the Grosvenor Centre could be built.
When the Chron’s Mounts offices were first built, it was at the cutting edge of newspaper technology as it featured the latest computerised methods of printing.
But over the years, and despite a £20 million investment in the presses in 2000, the building has been overtaken by some technological advances.
In the past decade alone, advances in computer technology have seen both the way the newspaper is written and printed change beyond recognition.
The move to the Chron’s new home in Victoria Street will see all the paper’s editorial and advertising staff, as well as pre-press, IT and newspaper sales departments, based in newly-refurbished offices.
All the current telephone numbers for the paper will remain the same.