There hasn't really been much by the way of a search engine for national and regional newspapers for some time, so I thought it would be a good idea to create one. Well actually, several. I have used the Google custom search engine option to create both national and 46 regional/local newspaper (the latter is England only at the moment) search engines.
The National UK newspapers engine is available both hosted by Google and on my own website. This covers papers such as the FT, Times, Mirror and so on. The national and local collection of 384 newspapers is again hosted by Google and on my own website.
I have created individual search engines for cities, regions and counties:
The page for Bedford to the Isle of Wight, has 21 different search engines,
The page for Kent to Surrey, has 17 different search engines and
The page for Teeside to Yorkshire has 7 different search engines.
I haven't yet done regional newspapers for Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales; due to time as much as anything else; this was quite a task to find them and create engines, so I want a bit of a break! However, if there is interest in those I'm more than happy to create them. I'm not entirely sure how robust the Google code is, so if you have any difficulties, refresh the page and try again, and let me know.