Mortons of Horncastle Ltd
Founded 1885
Founder(s) William Kirkham Morton
Headquarters Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England, UK
Area served UK
Key people Philip Sharpe
(Chairman and CEO)
Industry Publishing
Products Newspapers, enthusiast magazines
Services Printing
Subsidiaries Mortons Media Group, Mortons Print
Website Mortons of Horncastle

Mortons of Horncastle Ltd is a publishing company based in Horncastle, in East Lindsey, Lincolnshire.


At the age of 21, WK Morton bought the Horncastle-based printing company of D Cousans. He started the Horncastle News in 1885. WK Morton died in 1935, and the company eventually collapsed, being bought by Market Rasen journalist Charles Edward Sharpe in the late 1950s. It printed the Horncastle News and the Market Rasen Mail.

In 1980 it started the Louth Leader and in 1985, the Skegness News. In 1999, it divided into three companies - the media and print companies, and Mortons Motorcycle Media Ltd.

In February 2001 the company sold its newspaper division, the Lincolnshire Independent Newspaper Group to Welland Valley Newspapers. Its former titles, and those of the former Lincoln Standard Group, are now owned by Johnston Press.


Mortons Media Group LtdEdit

This division is the hub of the company, with well-established special interest enthusiast magazines concentrating on motorcycling, railways, gardening, steam traction engines and now Rail Express and market leader The Railway Magazine, the latter purchased from IPC in 2010.

Magazines it publishes include:

  • Classic American - Cars
  • Classic Bike Guide
  • Classic Bike Mechaniker (Germany)
  • The Classic MotorCycle
  • Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
  • Classic Racer
  • Classic Dirt Bike
  • Heritage Commercials
  • Heritage Railway
  • Kitchen Garden
  • Motorcycle Monthly
  • Motorcycle Sport & Leisure
  • Old Bike Mart
  • Old Glory
  • Rail Express
  • Scootering
  • Scooterist Scene
  • The Railway Magazine
  • Towpath Talk
  • Tractor Magazine
  • Twist & Go
  • Used Bike Guide
  • Wrights Farming Register

Mortons Print LtdEdit

This division can produce newspapers and one-off print jobs for company brochures and sales literature. It prints the Newark Advertiser, Lincolnshire Echo and the Hull Daily Mail. It also prints The Journal (student newspaper), a student newspaper among a host of contract newspaper printing products in several languages.

Mortons MailingEdit

In January 2010 Mortons Print Ltd. announced the acquisition of Lincolnshire Mailing Company whose capabilities encompass both polywrapping and lettering services and had been a long-standing supplier to the Mortons Group of companies for over 15 years and had relocated its operation to factory units within the Mortons site in 2004. Lincolnshire Mailing is now formally known as Mortons Mailing.


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