Catseye Press Letterpress Collection. Wharfedale stop cylinder

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Mark and Graham Pressman
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Happisburgh, Norfolk NR12 0QL

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We are honoured to have been given many of the presses in, what has become known as, "The Arber Collection", which used to belong to printer, Mr. Gary Arber ex-of Roman Road, London. Mark and I extend our deepest gratitude and thanks to Gary. We shall put the presses to work with those we already have in due course. We now have all of the parts of all the presses here in Happisburgh. Those interested are welcome to visit by appointment (by which I mean, just give me a ring to let me know you are coming). Accomodation is usually available at our local pub, The Hill House Inn, in the village of Happisburgh (Telephone 01692 650 004 to book your holiday or short break) and are happy to show folk around our collection.

We have a small composing room of some 6 frames (randoms) and, by the time the "Arber Collection" is set up, 21 commercial letterpress printing machines, including our Albion iron hand press.

Bremner ' Wharfedale Stop Cylinder
Serial Number 5499

Gary Arber's Wharfedale at Roman Road Londone
A crown Wharfedale Stop Cylinder, made by The Bremner Machine Co. Ltd.
Directors were H. Harrild, W. L. Harrild, F. W. Musgrave & R. A. Watkinson.


Reportedly delivered to F. W. Arber around 1900, when it would have been driven by a Direct Current motor.
3 phase Alternating Current was installed some years later.

Built at Wharfedale Iron Works and sold from Fleet Works, London.

Click this line to see, what I find to be, a most fascinating article about the history of the Wharfedale press by Paul Wood.

This link will take you to another fascinating article on the Bremner Wharfedales

"A practical Treatise upon Modern Printing Machinery"

Wharfedale re-assembled at Happisburgh

Wharfedale re-assembled at Happisburgh from the other end

Wharefdale with Oscillating Steam Engine


26th December 2014 - 6 p.m.
Further to much work, I can now proclaim that our Wharfedale stop cylinder made by The Bremner Machine Company is driven by our single cylinder, double acting oscillating steam engine. We had our 1st test run this afternoon. Sadly, the camera was in the car and we were inside the building, separated by a great cloud of exhaust steam. That will come in due course.

Next we must:-
Fit the correct pulley (I had it bored the wrong internal diameter for the shaft)
Fit the chimney through the roof
Ditto the exhaust steam
Slightly re-arrrange the position of the regulator so that we can reach it when operating the machine.
Obtain and fit a new sight glass.
Insulate the boiler casing.

Contrary to the title, this is no model.
I have driven my 33ft canal victualling tug with this very engine.
It is currently driving our Wharfedale very nicely.


OK, so this is a video of the first time we ran the Whafedale on steam.


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