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Spottiswoode and Co

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of 5 New Street Square, London, EC; of 8 New-Street Square, London, E.C, Printers, Lithographers, Stationers, Electrotypers, Publishers, and Booksellers

of 5, New Street Square; also at Eton College, and Colchester.(1914)

1738 Printing business established by William Strahan.

By 1769 William had a share in both the King's Printing House and the Law Printing House.

1770 The King's Printer was moved from Printing House Square to New Street off Fleet Street[1]

1785 William died; his son Andrew had already taken on the business and ran it until 1804

1804 Partnership of Strahan and Preston

1816 Andrew Strahan resumed control which he continued until 1819

1819 A. and R. Spottiswoode (nephews of A. Strahan) took on the business. They installed steam printing and acquired and rebuilt additional premises in the area of New Street Square and Shoe Lane.

1832 Robert Spottiswoode died suddenly in Carlisle at the age of 40.

1833 A. Spottiswoode continued the business

1836 Sir W. Mitchell established "Shipping Gazette" (of which the company are the proprietors).

1848 The business became Spottiswoode and Shaw when Andrew took his second son, George Andrew Spottiswoode, and Thomas Clark Shaw as partners.

1854 A. Spottiswoode and G. A. Spottiswoode continued the business. By 1861 Andrew had retired,

1855 The business became Spottiswoode & Co.

1858 Eliezer Chater Wilson left the partnership, which was continued by George Andrew Spottiswoode and Salisbury Baxendale[2]

1862 Baxendale retired from the partnership which was continued by George Spottiswoode[3]

1866 The death of Andrew Spottiswoode marked the end of the personal link between Spottiswoodes and Eyre and Spottiswoode, which were continued separately by the two branches of the Spottiswoode family.[4]

1899 George Andrew Spottiswoode died

1900 The business was incorporated as a limited company.

1901 Purchased the business of Pote Williams, later Ingalton Drake in Eton.

1914 Printers, lithographers, stationers, electrotypers, publishers and booksellers. Specialities: high-class book, periodical and newspaper printing, general jobbing, three-colour work, trade catalogues, codes, high-class lithographic work. Employees 1,000. [5]

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Sources of Information

  1. London Past and Present: Its History, Associations, and Traditions By Henry Benjamin Wheatley, Peter Cunningham
  2. London Gazette 8 Jan 1858
  3. The London Gazette 19 December 1862
  4. History of Parliament
  5. 1914 Whitakers Red Book