Purnell and Sons

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Purnell and Sons
Industry Printing
Fate Acquired
Successor Maxwell Communications Corporation
Founded 1839
Defunct 1964
Headquarters London, UK

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.[1]

It became a major publisher of bibles[1] and at its peak employed 2,000 people[1] before it merged with Hazell Sun to form the British Printing Corporation in 1964.[2]

The print works in Paulton closed in December 2005 with the loss of 400 jobs.[3]


Further reading[edit]

  • Goodman, Terry The History of Purnell & Sons Ltd. and the British Printing Corporation, Published by Terry Goodman, 2004 ISBN 978-0-9547241-0-8

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