Berrington Press

Artisan Letterpress and Intaglio Printers

We are an established family run printing firm specialising in traditional letterpress printing, foil blocking and engraved stationery. Based in the Welsh Marches on the very edge of rural Herefordshire, we combine traditional craft skill with expertise, and our lovingly restored vintage presses with an extensive range of speciality papers and boards to create beautiful quality printed products.

What We Offer

Personal Stationery

Personal Stationery
  • Letterheads
  • At Home Cards
  • Change of Address Cards
  • Correspondence Cards
  • Birth Announcement Cards
  • Christening Invitations
  • Party Invitations
  • Greetings Cards

General Print

General Print
  • Business cards
  • Letterheads
  • Invoice and Order Books
  • Hand Bills/Leaflets
  • Posters/Broadsides
  • Gift Vouchers
  • Labels and Tags
  • Short run letterpress printed books

Wedding Stationery

Wedding Stationery
  • Invitations
  • Evening Invitations
  • Order of Service
  • RSVP cards
  • Place Cards
  • Menus
  • Seating Plans
  • Thank You Cards

"Create an impression with letterpress"

Letterpress printing – what is it?

In the beginning was the word – and the word was printed letterpress........

Basically the method of letterpress is printing from a relief or raised image (also referred to a plate or forme) which is directly transferred to paper or board by means of ink and impression. It is one of the oldest methods of printing dating back to the 15th century and widely accredited to Johannes Gutenberg who pioneered printing with moveable type in Europe in the mid 1400s. This was a hugely significant cultural innovation which brought the dawn of mass communication and the subsequent outflow of ideas (often revolutionary) communicated through the printed word.

Today letterpress printing is prized for its beauty and tactility as well as for its functionality. Here at Berrington Press we offer a comprehensive letterpress service which combines these qualities resulting in each and every job being produced to the finest standard - from invoice and order books and business cards to bespoke wedding stationery. We have an in house assortment of metal and wooden type as well as being avid fans of deep relief photopolymer printing plates which enables us to combine modern computer generated graphic design with the ancient craft of letterpress printing.

"Stand out with intaglio"

Intaglio printing – what is it?

Being outstanding is good – but standing out is better......

Intaglio printing (meaning "to carve in" or "engrave") is the opposite of relief printing. The image to be printed is carved or engraved into the plate substrate (usually steel or copper and often referred to as a "die"). To print, ink is applied to the surface of the die and then wiped to ensure the ink is only held in the recess areas of the die. The ink is then transferred to heavy weight board under a huge amount of pressure so that the image is embossed into the board forcing it to "stand out" achieving a relief image of incredible elegance, depth, tone and clarity.

Our engraved stationery service offers another dimension to your printed product. Whether it is business, social or wedding stationery printing by this method exudes class and elegance. The heavy weight boards combined with the fine detail of the raised imagery creates a three dimensional quality that is second to none.

Above all we are a jobbing press – please contact us with your requirements.

About us

Berrington Press is a family firm, started by David in 1984 after moving with his wife and young daughters from Lancashire to Herefordshire. Over the years the business had to evolve and adapt to keep pace with the contemporary print industry. From printing with metal type to offset lithography, new technologies and changes within the trade came in quick succession creating fierce competition. After many years of successfully navigating the highs and lows of commercial printing David began to contemplate retirement and what he would do in his twilight years. Being a printer of the old school and having ink in his blood he found he couldn't give up printing entirely and turned his attention to renovating vintage presses in a bid to preserve the craft that he had learned many years ago. Three renovated machines later, plus an apprentice printer in the form of daughter Sarah, Berrington Press has come full circle. Now with a revived interest in "doing it the old fashioned way" the craft of letterpress printing has been enjoying a marked revival in recent years and by drawing on David's craft skills as a printer and vast experience of the print industry together with his clever and creative two daughters Berrington Press has forged a new future from it's own heritage.

Meet the team

David

David

Rachel

Rachel

Sarah

Sarah

David: In 1959 UK postcodes were introduced, the first Mini went on sale and Barbie doll made her debut. Also in 1959 David Wood began a craft apprenticeship in printing, gaining valuable skills in compositing and letterpress printing methods. At that time letterpress was still the most widely used and acknowledged method of printing, and over 50 years on David is still printing!

Rachel and Sarah: As daughters of a printer both Rachel and Sarah have spent a lifetime around print with a childhood punctuated by helping dad collate and stitch jobs and playing with wooden type and print blocks. As grown ups Rachel's interests lay in business management and promotion with qualifications in accountancy and small business management, and over the years has taken on the role of Business Manager. Younger sister Sarah pursued a lifelong passion for art and design resulting in a BA (Hons) degree in Photography specialising in fine art imagery, and has since undertaken a craft apprenticeship in letterpress and intaglio print methods with dad David, along with creating and developing her own lino cut designs.

With this unique blend of skill, experience, creativity and knowledge Berrington Press are keeping the craft of traditional printing alive well into the 21st century.