Small but fully operational letterpress type foundry, offered free to any applicant/s interested in continuing to operate it,. The present owner is retiring on medical grounds.
The stock consists of a Monotype Composition Caster with water feed and air compressor, two Monotype keyboards for punching spools, a good selection of diecases for most of the classic typefaces with wedges required, with all necessary keybars, stop bars, justification drums etc. for creating composition spools. There are good supplies of unused spools and also of loose worn type suitable for re-casting, Quantities of spares and also all racks, cases and furniture come with the offer.
There are very few working casters remaining in the UK and this one has been specially dedicated to the needs of small presses, selling mostly 3A fonts always to the same alignment so that printers can keep up their stocks. Standard spaces and a range of ornaments can also be cast. Longer text composition is also possible. The Composition caster casts type upto 14 pt. There is also a supercaster for larger sizes but this is not yet fully restored.
Most of the equipment is housed in recently built sheds of sound construction. These are also the present owner’s property and could be dismantled and moved to another site. All moving costs are the applicants’