Read the full story in our awarding winning book:
An account by The Gentle Author, with designs by David Pearson: For anyone with a serious interest in print, design, publishing and typography, BADDELEY BROTHERS tells the dramatic story spanning four centuries of how the Baddeley family created one of today’s foremost specialist printers. This book is embellished with fine tipped-in samples illustrating the range of BADDELEY BROTHERS’ bravura print techniques, an anatomy of envelope design, a glossary of printing terminology, drawings by Lucinda Rogers and a foldout map by Adam Dant or available from all good bookshops.
Our Purpose: To produce the most distinctive, unique printed stationery, packaging & envelopes for individuals, business and organisations worldwide.
- Multi-Sensory: to see, taste (envelope gum) and touch our fine products is to feel the depth of their appeal
- Meticulous: understanding materials means we deliver & demand the best
- Cost: to achieve value for money
- Ingenious: apply creative skills to find new ways to produce stationery
- Provenance: refining & imparting techniques through generations is part of our heritage.
Baddeley Brother’s ancestry goes as far back as the mid 17th century when they were clockmakers and diemakers for the pottery and jewellery industries in Staffordshire.
19th-Century- Baddeleys were working as plate engravers for the printing industry, and creating seal dies for embossing presses in Hackney, East London.
1859- John Baddeley opened the first bank account for the engraving business, having worked for his father, the eldest son John James, started working out of premises in Little Bell Alley.
1885- A factory was built for the company at Moor Lane, near John Keats’ birthplace, in the City of London, where it produced a wide range of engraved and embossed stationery items.
1865- William Henry (John’s fourth son) joined the business.
1894- An extract from the London Provincial & Colonial Press News on Baddeley Brothers- “It is always instructive, and sometimes particularly interesting, to hear or to read of the rise and progress of great business establishments, more especially of those that have attained a position of importance and prominence after the drudgery and trials of small beginning…whose owners, by sheer force of practical skill, judgement, and foresight, have gained eminence in the special spheres they have made their own.”
1940- Unfortunately, the premises were utterly destroyed in the Blitz, where the Baddeley Brothers continued in loaned premises that were run by WB Baddeley (Founders grandson).
1946- David Baddeley re-joined, and they opened new premises at 92 Paul Street in London’s EC2 and welcomed back many employees from the pre-war years. The company is still family-owned and by the Pertwees, who are direct relations to the original Baddeleys.
1961- David Pertwee joined his uncle David Baddeley
1966- quickly followed by his brother Roger.
1993- Further relocated, this time returning the business to Hackney.
2001-2005- Roger’s sons Christopher and Charles Pertwee joined Baddeley Brothers, respectively, returning the company to full family ownership.
2017- The journey continues settling in South Woodford.
Present Day- We are now in our 22nd home, with Art Deco features that our forebears would recognise, along with a few technological improvements that they may not. Now in our 160th year, we continue to manufacture high quality engraved stationery and envelopes using print techniques such as die-stamping, blind embossing, letterpress, gilding, and foiling.
“Tradition is tending the flame, not worshiping the ashes.” Gustav Mahler