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Yendall & Co. Ltd and the Starling Press Ltd of Risca, records

Reference code(s): GB 0218 D2235

Held at: Gwent Archives

Title: Records of Yendall & Co. Ltd and the Starling Press Ltd of Risca

Short Title: Yendall & Co. Ltd and the Starling Press Ltd of Risca, records

Creation date(s): 1931-1983

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 136 items

Name of creator(s): Yendall & Co. Ltd of Risca; The Starling Press Ltd of Risca.


Administrative/Biographical history: John Robert Taylor began a printing business in Risca, Monmouthshire, in 1870. This was taken over in 1878 by his assistant Thomas Yendall ([1855]-1916), becoming a family limited company in 1911. He was eventually succeeded by his sons Tom Edward (Ted) Yendall (d. 1961) and Ralph Yendall (d. 1953) and then by Ted's son, Jack Yendall. In 1925 the company began the manufacture of 'Riscatype' and in 1935 abandoned printing for typefounding. The Starling Press had been founded in Risca in 1946 by C. J. Starling and became a limited company in 1951. It was taken over by Yendall & Co. in 1958. In 1984 Yendall & Co. went into voluntary liquidation while the Staring Press was bought by a group of former employees. F. E. A. Yates was Director of Yendall & Co., 1961-1984, and Managing Director and Publisher-in-Chief of the Starling Press, 1963-1984. Yendall & Co. began publication of the weekly Risca and Crosskeys Advertiser in 1923, with publication continuing until 1934. It was taken over by the Risca Printing Works, 1934-1939, and by the Starling Press, 1951-1960. It became the Risca and Blackwood Advertiser in 1960 and ceased publication in 1971. The Starling Press produced local history publications, 1969-1984.


Scope and content/abstract: Yendall & Co. records, 1931-[c. 1978], including advertising literature, particularly for Riscatype, 1937-[c. 1978], miscellaneous papers, 1961-1963, and advertising literature for other companies, 1958-1961; Starling Press Ltd records, 1942-1983, comprising copies of the Risca and Crosskeys Advertiser, Risca and Blackwood Advertiser, Cwmbran New Town Advertiser and other newspapers, 1951-1971, mock ups and review copies of publications, 1970-1983, published works, 1974-1982, printed material, 1956-1983, printed material from other publishers, 1942-[c. 1980].


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: records of Yendall and Co. Ltd; records of The Starling Press Ltd.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

Language codes: eng


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: These papers are a private collection gathered by F. E. A. Yates during his time as Director and Managing Director of the two companies.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Mr F. E. A. Yates, [c. 1984].



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, Catalogue of records Yendall and Company Limited of Risca, typefounders, and The Starling Press Limited of Risca, printers and publishers.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2004

Monmouthshire (Wales) | Newspapers
Printed ephemera | Wales | Monmouthshire
Printers | Wales | Monmouthshire
Publishers and publishing | Wales | Monmouthshire

Personal names

Corporate names
Starling Press Ltd.
Yendall & Co Ltd

Risca (Wales)

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