Fann Street Foundry
|April 21, 2016 at 7:30 AM #27113|
Unlike continental Europe, Great Britain aggressively policed the power of the press until the late-1600s and again a century later. Talbot Baines Reed [d1893] writes that type was extra-strictly regulated—lest printed words incite and organize “sedition” perhaps characterized by the colonial US War for Independence against England [1775–1783].
Note that (as always!) historians disagree…
The history of the Fann Street Foundry [London, 1757–1905] spans nearly 150 years. Lineages of two earlier TFs were joined in 1820 and 1828 when acquired by William Thorowgood:†
1757–1759. Thomas Cotrell‡ and Joseph Jackson.‡ Apparently, the partnership was dissolved and the assets divided.
One of these days, I’ll get around to documenting the histories (speculations?) proposed below:
†Eason et al. write that “Thorowgood came from Straffordshire and had been in the pump business but had no previous connection with type founding. Despite this not inconsiderable disadvantage he threw himself into the business with great energy and very quickly established himself.” I read somewhere that he acquired the foundry as a gambling debt or by winning a card game…
1877–1894. Sir Charles Reed and Sons.
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