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Birdsall and Son

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1919. From Northampton Chamber of Commerce Year Book.
1919. From Northampton Chamber of Commerce Year Book.
1919. From Northampton Chamber of Commerce Year Book.
1919. From Northampton Chamber of Commerce Year Book.
1919. From Northampton Chamber of Commerce Year Book.

of Wood Street, Northampton. London Office: 168 Regent Street.

Birdsall and Son, of Northampton, was one of the main bookbinding firms in Great Britain from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century.

1792 William Birdsall (c. 1750-1826) bought the bookselling and bookbinding business of John Lacy and Son in Northampton. The business also included a stationery section, a post office and a circulating library.

'William Birdsall was followed in the business by his sons, Robert and James, and later by James's widow, Ann, who sold the business in 1844 to William's great-nephew, Anthony Birdsall the elder (1819-1893).

The bookbinding side was expanded during this period, becoming the firm's main activity. Anthony Birdsall was succeeded by his son, Richard (1842-1909), under whose aegis the premises were twice enlarged and reorganised, in 1882 and 1888.

Of Richard Birdsall's three sons, it was Anthony Birdsall the younger (1877-1972) who was chiefly responsible for maintaining the family tradition of fine binding, especially following the early death of Herbert Birdsall in 1924.

1922 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Leather Wallets, Pocket Books, Albums, Blotters, Stationery Cases, Handbags, Photograph Frames, Account Books. Lithographic Printers. Bookbinders. (Stand No. J.95) [1]

1961 The company ceased trading.

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  • [1] Archives Network Wales