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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 Business established by Robert Harrild as manufacturer of printers' materials and printer's engineer.

1813 Robert Harrild joined in the discussion in the London printing community about printing methods; he promoted the use of "composition roller" instead of the traditional "ink balls" to ink the printing plates. The majority of hand printers preferred to use ink balls but after successful demonstration of the composition roller, every printer in London started using them, which greatly improved the speed of printing. 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 equipment.[1]

1853 Robert Harrild died. His sons (Robert and Horton) took over the business.[2]

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

1871 Patent to Joseph Davies, of Fleet Works, Farringdon-street, in the city of London, Mechanical Engineer, in the employment of Messrs. Harrild and Sons, of the same place, for the invention, of "improvements in folding and cutting machines, applicable to newspapers, to bookbinding, and other purposes."[4]

1871 Robert junior died; presumably his brother continued the business - Horton Harrild & Sons

Became Harrild and& Sons, Ltd.

1892 Horton Harrild the elder, Horton Harrild the younger, and Frederick Harrild, carrying on business- as Harrild and Sons, at Fleet Works, Farringdon-street, in the city of London, Printers' Engineers, presented a creditors petition.[5]

1898 Dissolution of the Partnership between Horton Harrild and Frederick Harrild, carrying on business as Printers' Engineers, at No. 25, Farringdon-street, in the city of London, under the style or firm of Harrild and Sons. All debts due received and paid by Horton Harrild.[6]

Incorporated as a Limited Company

1914 Manufacturers of printing rollers, chases and machinery; engineers and joiners. [7]

1914 Directors: Horton Harrild and William Lecnand Harrild.

1949 Company closed.

1958 The company was in voluntary liquidation[8]


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Sources of Information

  1. Wikipedia
  2. Wikipedia
  3. 1861 Image
  4. London Gazette 10 Feb 1871
  5. The London Gazette 14 June 1892
  6. London Gazette 2 Jan 1900
  7. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  8. The London Gazette 8 April 1958