Bradbury Wilkinson and Company

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1906 Romanian stamp printed by Bradbury, Wilkinson

Bradbury Wilkinson & Co were an English engraver and printer of banknotes, postage stamps and share certificates.

The original company was begun in 1856 by Henry Bradbury (1831-60). In 1873-74 they built an imposing six-storey workshop, for engraving printing plates, in Holborn, London at 25 and 27 Farringdon Road, which is now a Grade II-listed building. In 1917 the company was established at New Malden in Surrey where it remained until 1986 when it was acquired by De La Rue. The site is now occupied by the Shannon Corner Tesco supermarket.

In 1983, Bradbury Wilkinson created a form of polymer banknote using Du Pont's Tyvek material; this was marketed as Bradvek and used to print 5-pound banknotes for the Isle of Man.

References[edit]

  • BBC factsheet
  • Duggleby, Vincent - "English Paper Money: Treasury and Bank of England Notes 1694-2002" (Pam West, 2002)
  • Byatt, Derrick - "Promises to Pay: First Three Hundred Years of Bank of England Notes" (Spink & Son Ltd, 1994)