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Report - Sessions of York May 2013


Overtly Covert
28DL Full Member
Visited may 2013, on my jack jones.

Sessions of York printers, paid the site a visit while passing, and this is also my first report.
History of the business goes back a fair way from what I can find, (pinched from tinter web)
need to return for some more internal shots as local pcso popped by.:(

Company’s York roots go back 200 years

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.

now with the pics I got.
















Thanks for looking


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