The Whittington Press
The Whittington Press was started by John and Rosalind Randle in 1971 in the Gloucestershire village of Whittington, as a weekend escape from publishing jobs in London. It became a full-time activity in 1974. Its first book, Richard Kennedy’s A Boy at the Hogarth Press, printed in an edition of 520 copies on a Columbian hand-press, was published in 1972. It turned out to be a best-seller and was reissued by Penguin in the same year, and is still available as a paperback. Since then the Press has printed and published some 250 titles, including Matrix, the internationally acclaimed ‘Review for Printers and Bibliophiles’, now in its thirty-third year.
Press and Type information
The Press prints by letterpress from metal type on a wide variety of presses dating from 1830 to 1960, and includes a collection from the Oxford University Press. Illustrations are most often wood-engravings and occasionally pochoir (stencil).The Press casts its own type and is one of only a handful of Monotype shops still working, with one of the largest collections of matrices in existence. Letterpress is currently enjoying a comeback, as demonstrated by the number of students and graphic designers who come to Whittington to escape the tyranny of their macs, and enjoy the hands-on analogue experience of type, ink and hand-made paper. The Press’ annual open day is on the first Saturday of each September.
David Butcher, The Stanbrook Abbey Press, 1956-1990 ()
David Butcher, Pages From Presses (2006)
David Butcher, Pages From Presses II (2013)
Courses and Events
The press holds an open day at Whittington on the first Saturday of September with a selection of booksellers, printers, engravers etc.