However, it did not go to Leicester, as Neil thought, but can still be seen in the printing shop at Crich Tramway Village.
Neil is correct in that the building was a Turkish baths before conversion (false wooden floors were installed above the tiled floors), with Moorish styling to the plasterwork.
Molten lead was used in the Monotype setting machine and most of the machines were belt driven from roof mounted shafts, run by electric motors.
My father had started training as an accountant but was called up to serve in the Royal Corps of Signals. He served in Persia, working on the railway telegraph system, until coming back to England at the end of the war. He was not demobbed until 1947 and was then expected to relieve my grandfather, who had kept the firm running though the war years.
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There are many more stories of family life around the company but too many to mention here. Nike Metcon 2 Women Grey
As I am colour blind, an apprenticeship in the printing trade was not possible. The company was sold just before I left school, by which time I had developed an interest in the bus and coach industry, joining Derby Corporation Omnibus Department in 1972.
This, unfortunately, was the downfall of Harpur's and led to a reduction in large scale work. Although I had been interested in printing as a child, as I entered my teens it became clear that the days of Nike Kyrie Gs Wet Letterpress and Harpur's were limited.
The business had always specialised in Letterpress printing and never progressed into litho or colour printing. Technology moves on and I do not think any of the staff employed then would recognise any part of the present printing process and certainly would not understand computers.
A recent article by Neil Johnson about his office junior job at Derbyshire Life Publications in the 1960s prompted Nick Harpur, of Barrow on Trent, to write in.
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MY late father, Clifford Harpur, was the last owner of Harpur and Sons printers and stationers in Friar Gate, Derby which was mentioned in Neil Johnson's article.
The company started in 1874, as Harpur and Bannister, but soon Bannister was bought out and the company was handed from father to son moving to Friar Gate around the turn of the 20th century.
usually had one end of a drying line tied around its neck and stood in the same, rather inconvenient, position, because any attempt at relocation may have sent it though the floor.
It must have been the "in place" for the gentry of Victorian Derby. How many council matters were discussed, business deals made and mergers settled among the steam and eastern architecture?
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My father's office had the same aura of Edwardian charm with a wooden swivel chair, glazed doors, a large antique desk and original candlestick phone.
The elderly printer referred to was not my father but almost certainly Bob Pritchard, who had been the right hand man of both my grandfather and father and may have been an apprentice with Harpur's.
By the Second World War, my grandfather, Samuel, was in charge but ready to retire.
Parts of the wooden floors were rotten and no go areas and part of the store room ceiling had collapsed.
I have fond memories of the works which was, as Neil says, like something out of Dickens (or a health and safety warning film!).
the ornate gas elements it used, the gas board replaced it and took the old one for its museum collection. Neil is also correct in remembering the Columbian Press dating from 1859. The counterweight was a cast iron bald eagle.
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