I went down here a few weeks back with pirate after seeing mookster's report on the place. It was nice and easy, no problems getting in and no secca. It would seem there is a bit of demo at the front but was a big site, mostly empty and wrecked but there were a few things left, like the printing slides.
The Company was founded by Thomas de la Rue who moved to London in 1821 and set up in business as a stationer and printer. Working as a "boy of the streets", in 1831 his business secured a Royal Warrant to produce playing cards, in 1855 it started printing postage stamps and in 1860 it began printing banknotes.In 1896, the family partnership was converted to a private company.
In 1921, the de la Rue family sold their interests. It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1947. The Company, then called Thomas De La Rue & Company, Limited, changed its name in 1958 to The De La Rue Company Limited. name was changed again, this time to De La Rue plc.
In 1997 De La Rue acquired Harrison and Sons, the stamp and banknote printers, based in High Wycombe. Harrisons had made significant inroads into De La Rue's banknote printing operations.
In 2003 the Company acquired the Debden based banknote printing operations of the Bank of England.