The Typographic Hub

NOTE: This event is now closed

Watford’s printing past

4th October 2012

A talk on the social, aesthetic, technical and educational aspects of Watford's printing past.

From the mid-15th century when Hertfordshire issued its first printed book, to the late-20th century when Robert Maxwell’s newspaper empire came to the region, printing has been the county’s main industry. Printing in Watford started in 1832 when John Peacock set up his press, and by the turn of the 19th century the town’s printers had started the work which was make Watford into major international printing centre. Throughout the ’50s and ’60s Watford had the greatest concentration of printing in the UK (and perhaps the world) with an estimated 70% of the town’s population involved in the industry and its allied trades.