The Broadwater Press started as a partnership in 1928. It was formed into a private company in 1930 and had its factory in Stonehills, WGC. Growing gradually over the next 37 years, the company had three separate works. In 1967 these were amalgamated into a single new factory on the Mundells industrial estate. It was a high quality general printers company that handled anything from a simple handbill to a 1000 page aircraft maintenance manual, and printed the Welwyn Times up until the 1950s. Popper & Co Ltd acquired the company in June 1973.

Broadwater Press
The Broadwater Press Ltd directors' report & statement of account at 30th September 1948. Donated to the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust by Elisabeth B.
Broadwater Press
Calendars designed and printed by the Broadwater Press - Elisabeth B, who designed some of the covers, borders and ornamentation, kindly loaned these items so that they could be photographed & added to the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust's archive as part of the 'Where Do You Think We Worked?' project.
Broadwater Press
Broadwater Press Ltd - hand drawn plan from memory of how the factory was laid out by Elisabeth B, whose father John Endean was one of the company founders. Donated to the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust archive as part of the 'Where do You Think We Worked?' project.
Broadwater Press
Broadwater Press factory - sketch site plan for extensions to premises in Stonehills, Welwyn Garden City dated 24 Dec 1948. The existing factory is pencilled in blue, the first extension is red & future extensions are shaded grey. This plan was loaned to the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust by Elisabeth B so that it could be photographed and added to the Trust's archive as part of the 'Where Do you Think We Worked?' project.
Broadwater Press
Broadwater Press factory - plan for premises in Stonehills, Welwyn Garden City . This plan was loaned to the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust by Elisabeth B so that it could be photographed and added to the Trust's archive as part of the 'Where Do you Think We Worked?' project.
Broadwater Press
Broadwater Press staff photographed c1956 at gold watch presentation to Rex Sharp. Donated to the Trust by Elisabeth B.
Broadwater Press
Broadwater Press typesetting room. John Endean far left - looking at camera. Image from Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies.
Broadwater Press
Broadwater Press in Stonehills, WGC dated 1936. Image from the WGC Library Local Studies Collection.
 
 
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