The Typographic Hub

Timeline

What happened when in Watford's printing past

A Selection of Watford Printing Firms

1816 Hugh Perry; 1823 John Peacock; 1871 Edward Vos; 1880 Thomas John Peacock; 1885 King & Weedon; 1887 J E King; 1892 André & Sleigh; 1893 Acme Engraving; 1896 Bradley & Michael; 1897 T C Warren; 1897 Castle & Parker; 1901 Bemrose & Sons; 1901 Ashworth & Meredith; 1901 Curtis Brothers; 1904 Bournehall Press; 1905 Michael & Son; 1906 George W Jones; 1906 Stone & Cox; 1907 Stanborough Press; 1908 Mempes Printing & Engraving Co; 1909 Bushey Colour Press; 1913 Watford Engraving; 1914 Knighton & Cutts; 1915 André, Sleigh & Anglo Ltd; 1916 Waterlow & Sons; 1917 Vos & Michael Ltd; 1918 Hudson & Stacey Ltd; 1918 Sun Engraving Co; 1920 Gibbs & Bamforth; 1921 Watford Printers; 1922 H L Castle; 1924 Davey & Winterson; 1926 Greycaines Ltd; 1926 Reading & Son; 1929 F E Blower; 1932 J H Hill; 1933 H T Cox; 1934 W J Hill; 1934 Rembrant Photogravure Ltd; 1935 Edsons Ltd; 1935 Odhams; 1935 The Farleigh Press; 1941 Witherby & Co; 1941 Hills & Lacy; 1941 Home Counties Newspapers Ltd; 1946 Faksim Foto Ltd; 1947 F S Highland; 1947 Popper & Co; 1947 A Woolkit; 1952 W Brendon & Sons; 1952 Marigold Press; 1954 Schedule Press; 1954 R Samuel; 1954 B M W Printing Services; 1956 Cresta Press; 1956 Watford Box Ltd; 1958 Peacehaven Press; 1964 Bryant & Fellows; 1967 Austin & Co (Containers) Ltd; 1967 Ambassador College Press; 1966 R North & Sons; 1966 Parvester Litho Ltd; 1968 Alpine Press; 1968 Arrow Press; 1968 Dee Webb Printing Services; 1969 Zodiac Print Processes Ltd; 1969 P Underwood & Son; 1969 A W Gatrell & Co; 1970 JAG Litho (Printer) Ltd; 1970 J B Nunn Ltd; 1970 The Watford Display Co Ltd.

Trade Unions in the Town

1895 Typographical Association; 1896 Society of Lithographic Artists, Designers and Process Workers; 1913 National Society of Operative Printers and Assistants; 1918 National Union of Printing, Bookbinding and Paper Workers.

Printing Education

1883 Herkomer and the Bushey Art School; 1872 Watford Technical School & School of Art; 1911 Watford Polytechnic; 1929 Watford School of Printing; 1935 Proposals made for a new technical college; 1938 Building starts on the Hempstead Road site; 1948 Technology Department moves into the partially completed Hempstead Road building; 1950 Printing department moves to the Hempstead Road; 1953 Technical College is officially opened; 1961 New purpose-built accommodation for the Printing Department; 1970 A three-storey block opened to provide additional accommodation for the Printing Department; 2000 Department of Printing closes.

Some of Watford's Private Presses

1958 Kit-Cat Press, Keneth Hardacre; 1959 Taurus Press, Paul Peter Piech; 1962 Catseye Press, Tony Slaney.

A few of the Many Magazines Printed in Watford

Weldon’s Fashion Catalogue; Popular Gardening; Ladies Journal; Picture Post; Woman’s Own; Mother; Modern Woman; Cavalcade; Silver Star; The Passing Show; Practical Motoring; Everybody’s; Weekly Illustrated; Picturegoer; Woman’s Friend; Pictorial Education; Mother and Home; Women’s Fair; Film Pictorial; Vogue; Woman; Illustrated; Mickey Mouse; Picturegoer; Zoo; Mother.