Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Book - Read up on history of printing (Newark)

A history of printing in Newark has been written as the final part of a project funded by a £30,000 Heritage Lottery grant.

Carolyn Drury, of Albert Street, came up with the idea after reading in the Advertiser about the value Newark Local History Society found in the paper’s archives.

She also realised that many young people were unfamiliar with printing before the invention of the computer.

“When I started the research I realised how ignorant I was about the enormous skill involved in being a printer,” she said.

“The long apprenticeships and the passion for their craft fills me with admiration.”

Her book, Printing And The Press, looks at the history of printing in Newark starting in 1788 with James Tomlinson who set up a print shop in Church Street.

He produced the first book to be printed in the town, a copy of which is in Newark Library.

Her book also features information about John Ridge whose print shop was in Newark Market Place. His most important customer was the poet, Lord Bryon, whose family home was Newstead Abbey.

The book looks at the history of the Advertiser and charts its early years when printer William Tomlinson first printed the Newark Advertiser and Farmers’ Journal in 1855, with Mr Samuel Whiles as the editor.

In 1874 Cornelius Brown was appointed editor and moved to live next door to the Advertiser building at 1 Magnus Street.

Carolyn Drury interviewed the Advertiser’s editor-in-chief and chairman, Mr Roger Parlby, and staff.

The book also looks at the town’s printing companies, including Davages Printers, Partners Press, Willsons Printers, Printing. com and For Colour Ltd.

Copies are available from Newark Library and Millgate Museum or by contacting Carolyn Drury at nearlyinstant@gmail.com

From: http://www.newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/news/Read-up-on-history-of-printing

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