Composing Room of Billingham Press c1962

t14220This is a photograph of the composing room of Billingham Press when they were in Station Road, Billingham. It was taken in 1962 probably shortly before the firm moved to Stockton to take over the old Postle & Brown building, Brunswick Street.

Left to right in the photograph – in the light coloured sweater & glasses unknown, to his right Tony Butterfield, above right of him unknown, to his left with his head on the side Keith Samme, in the top corner John Marlborough, to his left is myself Brian Swales, opposite me is Harry Johnson and the white haired chap with glasses on the right is composing room foreman Mick McCabe. I do wonder how we ever found anything in such a mess!

The photograph was taken by the late Ivan Harrington a Billingham Press machine minder who was a very prolific photographer who took many photographs, not only in and around Billingham Press but also around Billingham & Stockton.

Details courtesy of Brian Swales.

3 thoughts on “Composing Room of Billingham Press c1962

  1. Hello, My name is David Crawford, son of George Crawford who worked for ICI publicity. I remember very well coming to Billingham press in Stockton and later in Belassis Avenue. I remember Mr Tom Dodds very well and his son Ian and daughter Susan. Best regards to you all.
    David Crawford


    • Hello David. I worked with your Father at Billingham Press. He was in ICI Publicity Dept at that time his work brought him to The Press almost on a daily basis. I worked on many brochures with him. (He being the Designer and Creator and me composing the hot metal type to his wishes) He was a very good person to work with. He was a little older than me. i was in my last year as an Apprentice Compositor (21) I also knew your father as an excellent sportsman. I know he played cricket for Billingham Synthonia. I worked with him at Station Road before The Press moved to Stockton and then Central Ave. Regards to you.


  2. Brian, The fellow on the Composing frame up from Tony Butterfield I’m sure is Jim Brown who came to the Press from the Gazette.


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