This1950s photograph was brought into the Journal offices by Barrie Cox. It shows a view at the top of Fred Bates’s yard, off Wharf Road, where Palmers Printers was situated after the business moved from Vine Street. Barrie was a printer with the company.
The MG saloon car shown belonged to Joe Griggs who was the newspaper press operator. His press was installed in the building in front of the car. A woman can just be seen looking out of the bookbinding department window (left of picture).
The printing company’s paper store was situated further down the yard and was run by a chap called Fred Pinchbeck.
Opposite the paper store were the compositors and Monotype room which Barrie described as being ‘cathedral-like’ in size.
Barrie said that the building behind the Riley (with the ladders on the roof) was Fred Cope’s decorating business.