The Whittington Press

General Info

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.

Books Published

  • 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.


Printing Presses