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A rare opportunity to visit Winchester Book Bindery


Winchester Bindery, P & G Wells Bookshop, 11 College Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9LZ

The Winchester Bindery is the only bindery in the UK still attached to an equally old bookshop! 

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 20 September: Four talks - 1000, 1130, 1400 and 1500

  • Saturday 21 September: Four talks - 1000, 1130, 1400 and 1500

The Bindery is on the premises of P & G Wells Ltd (The Winchester College Bookshop) . There are steps to enter to the building and uneven surfaces in the corridor leading to bindery.

Tour lasts approximately 30 minutes HODS is the ONLY time of year the site is open to the general public. (Please note this is a business and therefore bindery customers have access to the workshop during business hours but will be excluded during the HODS event) 

Earlier Event: September 19
'Pie Fidelity: In Defense of British Food'
Later Event: September 20
Medieval Winchester - a walking tour