Winchester Bindery, P & G Wells Bookshop, 11 College Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9LZ
Book a visit to Winchester's very own bindery & enjoy a short talk by one of the binders giving a brief history of the bindery and the nature of the work undertaken. The visitors will be given an opportunity to see some of the books & ask questions. PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL
The Winchester Bindery is of historical interest in the bookselling world as P & G Wells is the only bookshop in the UK with a working bindery still existing in close proximity. The first reference to a bookshop/bindery in College Street was Thomas & James Burdon's book selling business in 1757 and the bindery has carried on in one form or another through to the present day.
Some of the tools in use today date back to the last quarter of the eighteenth century and the craft as it is now practised is in many ways indistinguishable from that time. The work we do in the bindery includes new bindings, repairs and restoration, stationery bindings and short runs of case bindings. The books we work on range from theses, cookbooks and Bibles to antiquarian volumes in leather and cloth.
The bindery is of interest to anyone with an appreciation of hand crafts, books and traditional workshops. Visiting groups will of necessity be small due to the limited amount of space available.
We look forward to seeing some of you. (Please leave your Kindles at home and turn off your mobile phones!)
● Friday 14 September: Four tours - 1000, 1130, 1400 and 1500
● Saturday 15 September: Four tours - 1000, 1130, 1400 and 1500
There are steps to enter to the building, and limited space in the bindery.
The Bindery is on the premises of P & G Wells Ltd (The Winchester College Bookshop)