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Leeds Hippo
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Keep hearing about impressive buildings in Leeds that were once part of the printing industry in Leeds


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The first known printer in Leeds was John Hirst who in 1718 began printing the 'Leeds Mercury' newspaper. In 1810 there were still only eight printing houses in Leeds but in the next decade the numbers mushroomed. By 1911 printing was the fourth largest employer in Leeds, employing 8000 people.

Printing was, and remains one of Leeds' most important industries, both because of the number of small and large printing houses and the local engineering companies which produced printing machinery and equipment. Advances by Leeds printing engineers gave the city's industry an early advantage in colour printing.


Leeds printing engineers like Crabtree's exported printing presses all over the world, and the small town of Otley to the north west of Leeds became famous for printing press manufacturers and the 'Wharfedale Press'.

Notable Leeds printers included Alfred Cooke's, which was established in 1866 and by 1895 had built the world's largest printworks and enjoyed Royal Patronage (the building still stands on Hunslet Road). Another famous Leeds printing company was John Waddington Ltd, which started life printing posters for the theatre around 1900 and then diversified into games and packaging, most notably Monopoly, in 1935. By 1993 Waddingtons employed 2700 people in Leeds and exported their products all over the world.

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http://www.leeds.gov.uk/armleymills/Armley_Mills/History.aspx


Piece in the YEP last night about the Alf Cooke's packaging and printing works in Hunslet Road, Leeds

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/Landmark-Leeds-factory39s-new-role.6661187.jp

I walk past Petty's on the Whitehall Road every day and they seem to be working round the clock

Any other long term printers in Leeds?


 
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Forgot - the YEP!
 
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Chorley & Pickersgill
E. J. Arnolds
Beck & Inchbolds
Petty's
etc. etc.
Daft I call it - What's for tea Ma? 
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Sorry - you had mentioned Petty's.
Daft I call it - What's for tea Ma? 
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Leeds Hippo wrote:
Forgot - the YEP!


Not dificult.
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My dad worked at Alf Cookes, Bonar Cookes, Bemrose and Carton and whatever else it was called for many years
I have a book and a lovely print of the building somewhere ?
Beautiful building inside and out.
 
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MY old man worked at Cookes and Thomas Wades on Kirkstall Hill
Where there's muck there's money. Where there's money there's a fiddle. 
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# Posted on: 17-Dec-2010 00:37:56.  


I met my husband at Alf Cookes. I worked in the transfer print department and he worked in retouching !    
Yorkshire born & bred. All opinions are my own ! 
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# Posted on: 17-Dec-2010 12:59:31.  


E. J. Arnold closed around 1990 - latterly it was a Maxwell company, and was sold off when his empire went pearshaped. The publishing division of the company (where I'd been working for about a year) was bought by Thomas Nelson and Sons, the school supplies division by a similar company in Nottingham, if I remember rightly, and I can't remember what happened to the stationery printing division. I really enjoyed working there, and it was sad when the company closed - had quite a knock-on effect on other local business too, I think.    
 
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Just looking through my library and found the book. It's actually about the Bemrose family and not Alf Cookes.
When I opened the book a YEP cutting fell out that obviously my dad left in there and it mentions the stained glass window which faces the junction of Hunslet Rd and Leathley Rd which is built into the newer part of the building which was built on the site of St. Jude's church.

When I get a minute I will write out the YEP article. Meanwhile i will 'try' to post some pics? Dissapointed

 
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Try again!
..............Nope, I give up!!!!!

Why is so difficult to post images here, ive got the instructions open in the window next to me but no luck, it says 1024kb max size, so how do I adjust them, SL must be missing out on so many good images been posted on here?    
 
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My dad was a printer's compositor. He served his apprenticeship on the Leicester Mercury newspaper. Called up in 1940, he was posted to Bradford, and billeted out to Farsley, where he met and married my mother. After the war we went to Leicester, but moved to Calverley in 1953. He worked at the Yorkshire Post, and at a firm called Knight & Forster on Water Lane, quite close to Pettys. ISTR this firm surviving until quite recently - does anyone know if it still exists (OK, I should have looked on the net; I will when I've posted this).

By coincidence, I had a girlfriend in Calverley whose father was in charge of the Reading Room at Pettys. His surname was Dean, and was referred to at work as The Dean of Reading. By an even greater coincidence, both he and my dad finished up working at Watmoughs, a large printer in Bradford, later taken over by Polestar and closed down. The whole of the site is now covered by housing.
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last go, ive resized.......
 
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Looked for Knight & Forster on the web. There's a 2009 picture showing the building as derelict, and Google doesn't chuck up anything else, so looks like the firm is now defunct - like so many printers.
The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, moves on; nor all thy Piety nor all thy Wit can call it back to cancel half a Line, nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it. 
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last go
 
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gbdlufc wrote:
last go


I cannot download photos if I use my AOL but I can if I use Internet Explorer (IE). From what I gather the SL site seems only to take IE for photos, as using such as Firefox will not work. That may help you. I hope you manage to download photos.    
 
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Cheers Leo, I have tried firefox, Safari and now I have downloaded IE for MAC so lets see........




......all that happens is a 'web-dialogue' box comes up and says it's initizing, please wait but I got bored after 15minutes.
Nevermin, I cant be a***d any more with this, I post on loads of forums and nowhere do I have this hassle!
 
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# Posted on: 17-Dec-2010 20:08:35.  


Alf Cookes has been branded "The Printworks" and is being developed as offices by Rushbond.

" The company has so far declined to put a value on its proposed investment in the site or the extent to which the scheme is speculative. Its plans include proposals for a new public space in the development which will also feature art reflecting the site’s history." - locateinleeds
 
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