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Report - Sessions of York Sept 13

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by urbanadvantage, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. urbanadvantage

    urbanadvantage Overtly Covert
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    I first visited this site back in May, and on entering came across plod and left,
    I have been back recently on my tod again!, as I know some others have and have produced some good reports, this visit was more for me to have a mooch and a look at what I didnt get to see the first time round.

    Unfortunatly, I think I may have missed the boat on this one, the site is now well and truley trashed, and the pikies have gone through the place like a whirl wind.
    chilled mooch, no plod this time and loads of pigeons, watch for the broken glass every where and pigeon shite and its not to bad to wander around, floors are safe just watch for holes.

    history info from my last report .......

    THE business ancestry of William Sessions dates from 1811, when a Quaker, William Alexander, founded a bookselling and stationery shop at Castlegate, adding printing a couple of years later.

    A replica of his shop, and of the original press, can be seen today in York’s Castle Museum.

    From 1839 to 1865 the company was owned by four other Quaker businessmen, before being bought by William Sessions, a 22-year-old Quaker and grocer.

    The business moved from Castlegate to Low Ousegate, then Coney Street.

    In 1907 his son, also William, gave up the shop to concentrate entirely on printing, and moved to factory premises in North Street. During the First World War he sold grocery labels, confirming Sessions as a national label printing specialist, while expanding its printing and publishing activities. In 1920 the firm moved to its Huntington Road factory.

    William Kaye Sessions, joined the business in 1938 and from 1947 self-adhesive labels strengthened its earlier specialism of label production. Millions of labels were produced for markets the world over.

    In the 1960s a new machine division was established to design and manufacture labelling machines for customers worldwide. At that time the company employed 170 people.

    William’s son Mark took over, but decided to sell when there was no family successor.


















    Thanks for looking,

    I need to get out more and find some more places, been quiet of late.

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