The Holywell Press Ltd
Business Address: The Holywell Press Ltd, 15-17 Kings Meadow, Ferry Hinksey Road, Oxford OX2 0DP
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About The Holywell Press Ltd
Holywell brings print, creative design and digital media together under one roof, providing an extensive range of high quality, cost-effective services to help organisations communicate online and offline.
Based in the city of Oxford, we work with a diverse range of customers that include prestigious corporations, small businesses, academic institutions, charities, and private individuals.
Our origins go back more than a century. Starting out as a traditional print business, we’ve kept pace with evolving communication technology so that today, we can deliver innovative solutions that integrate print seamlessly with new media. With talented graphic designers, digital designers and print experts all working alongside each other in the same shared workspace, you’re assured of outstanding results and consistent reproduction of your branding across different types of media
You may need business cards or a website, catalogues or an online brochure – or you might want a cross-platform campaign that blends print and digital media together; whatever combination of media your project calls for, Holywell will support you with an end-to-end solution that can include concept, design, production and even fulfilment – all with a single point of contact, and with exceptional customer service as standard!
Holywell was originally founded as a traditional print business in 1890 by Harry Burrows – great grandfather of current MD Ben – and Jack Doe. The business was located in the Chapel of St Mary in Catte Street and took its name from the nearby Holywell Rooms. In the early years, Holywell’s main customer was Oxford University, but the company also worked for Morris Motors, producing advertising material for some of its early models – Harry and William Morris (later Lord Nuffield) became personal friends
As the business expanded its services, publishing books for local authors and printing the University’s new magazine, Isis Holywell outgrew its original premises and in 1920 moved into the Maclaren Gymnasium in Alfred Street. More space allowed Holywell to significantly extend the range of printing services it offered.
In 1944, Harry Burrows’ son Walter, probably better known as the Daily Sketch newspaper’s “Obstinate Artist” cartoonist, took over, running the business until 1965, when his own son Peter became the third generation of Burrows to head the Holywell Press. Peter undertook a major modernisation programme investing in new technology, relocating the business to our purpose-built factory at Osney Mead in 1989.
Peter’s son Ben took over as MD in May 2000, while Peter stayed on in the company as Chairman.