What's Old

What's Old

A bit of a history

Taylor Brothers occupies a unique position as Bristol's oldest printing company. Perhaps even more surprising is that from when it was established as a business in the 1830's and incorporated as a limited company in 1866, throughout its long and at times turbulent history it has remained family owned and run. The current owners Charles Taylor - Managing Director and Nick Taylor – Sales director, the fourth and fifth generation respectively, were the latest family members to take up the challenge of running the company in the early 1990's.

Archival material from the 19th c is in short supply however were recently given a link to the Bristol Old Vic archive which includes a poster printed by the company dating from October 1876 when the company was based in Baldwin Street just off the city centre. To give some idea of the endurance of our relationships, we are still printing for the Theatre today. We also have a photograph of a works day out 'a Wayzgoose' from sometime in the late 1800's which includes various family members and other staff at that time.

Without doubt the most dramatic occurrence in the company's history was the destruction of its historic timber framed premises in Broad Weir which is opposite Castle Park, near today's redeveloped Cabot Circus, during World War II . It fell victim, together with the occupants of a nearby bus and a number of passers-by to the last daylight bombing raid on Bristol on August 24th 1942. The extracts from the company's diary and a family letter give a more human account of the subsequent hours and days than anything that we could write now.

The company eventually moved to its current home in Wilder Street St Paul's in 1955. The cutting for the Bristol Evening post from 1955 gives another account of the bombing and also a condensed but well written history of the company up to that time. Since the 1950's the company's business has grown and it has acquired adjoining properties in Wilder Street and Backfields to facilitate that expansion which now make up today's site.

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