Purnell and Sons was a small family printer based in Somerset which merged with other printers to become a large national publisher.
The Company was founded by Charles Dando Purnell in 1839 as a small family printers with small print shops in Radstock, Midsomer Norton and Paulton.
It became a major publisher of bibles and at its peak employed 2,000 people before it merged with Hazell Sun to form the British Printing Corporation in 1964.
The print works in Paulton closed in December 2005 with the loss of 400 jobs.
- Goodman, Terry The History of Purnell & Sons Ltd. and the British Printing Corporation, Published by Terry Goodman, 2004 ISBN 978-0-9547241-0-8