It was until recently possible to access British Library website (where Bright Solid have their Newspaper records from I believe) for free through local librarys website with a readers number if you lived in London.
Most of UK Libraries have other free resources.
In Somerset they have Times Online and other Newspapers (but not as many as British Newspaper Archive). Most do Ancestry access too, but you have to attend the library for that.
I love our libraries !
Yeah our free access to Newspapers is through the National Library but you can access online from home. They are still gradually loading more on, I guess it will take a while, they also provide an OCR translation [for want of a better term] but it's not always too accurate.
I personally think that it is wrong for Governments to sell BDM and Census records to companies like Ancestry. I think this type of record should be freely available.
G U T
There are two ways to be fooled, one is to believe what isn't true, the other is to refuse to believe that which is true.
Just returning to this thread to say, anyone contemplating a Find My Past subscription might be advised to wait, or at least try to get a free trial first. The site has recently been "improved" and....you can guess the rest.