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Harrild and Sons

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1907. Albion printing press. Exhibit at Armley Mill Museum.
1907. Albion printing press (detail). Exhibit at Armley Mill Museum.
Albion printing press. Exhibit at Amberley Working Museum.

Harrild and Sons of Fleet Works, Norwich Street, London, EC., manufacturer of Printing machinery and supplies. The company introduced the use of composition roller instead of ink balls to ink the printing plates.

1809 Company established by Robert Harrild

1813 Robert Harrild joined the discussion within the London printing community and talked about use of "composition roller" instead of "ink balls" to ink the printing plates. Majority of hand printers preferred use of ink balls over composition rollers but after successful demonstration of the composition roller, every printer in London started using the composition roller in their printing presses for inking the plates. To manufacture the composition rollers, Robert Harrild established another company at 25 Farringdon street in London. Harrild & Sons eventually started manufacturing all kinds of printing equipments.[1]

1853 Robert Harrild died. His sons took over the business.[2]

1861 R. and H. Harrilds of Farringdon Street.[3]

1914 Manufacturers of printing rollers, chases and machinery; engineers and joiners. [4]

1949 Company closed.

Bremner printing press. Exhibit at Bradford Industrial Museum.

Albion printing press at Pewsey Heritage Centre.

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