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Richard Ardagh At Wilton’s Music Hall

October 19, 2016
by the gentle author

Designer, Typographer & Printer, Richard Ardagh of New North Press in Hoxton has collaborated with the pupils of Bigland School in Stepney to create these splendid letterpress signs for Wilton’s Music Hall, telling tales of its colourful history. Printed with wood blocks and metal type onto book cloth mounted on board in the nineteenth century manner, they are more than enough reason – should you ever require it – for a return trip to Wilton’s.

Visit Wilton’s Music Hall, Grace’s Alley, E1 8JB

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  1. Gaye Richmond permalink
    October 19, 2016

    Went to Wilton’s just over a year ago for the Cockney sing along – what an evening! Took me back to my grandparents parlour in Bunhill Row on Christmas Eve with the rest of the family all having a knees up. Now they’ve all gone Christmas Eve has never been the same. Wilton’s is a hidden gem, and I hope to go back soon.

  2. Eddie Johnson permalink
    October 19, 2016

    Wonderful posters, they made a film about ‘Champagne Charlie’ starring Tommy Trinder, a famous boxer, Eddie Phillips, took the part of Jem Sayers, heavyweight champion of the world, Harry Fowler, a pageboy in the film, had to punch Eddie Phillips in the stomach, it hurt so much that Eddie on the second take put a metal tray down his trousers, the pageboy broke his finger!

  3. October 19, 2016

    What a wonderful project for children to be involved in. The nearest I got to this as a child was making ‘prints’ with potatoes cut in half.

  4. October 19, 2016

    You’ve thought of everything! Naturally, you knew that your readers would absolutely LOVE to see the “make-ready” part of the story; showing us the print shop environment. The photos of the traditional letterpress equipment are beauties, in their own right. Thanks for always treating us to “something extra”.
    Wonderful type choices on the signs!

  5. October 19, 2016

    Wonderful posters!

  6. pauline taylor permalink
    October 19, 2016

    How lucky the children of this school are to get the chance to help to print great posters like these, I am truly envious! With my graphic designer (sadly lapsed) hat on this great post brought back yet more memories for me so thank you again GA. It is sad to read the comment by the children which indicates that if a building is old then they expect it to be demolished. A very telling sign of the times that we now live in.

  7. October 19, 2016

    The kids’ comments are just wonderful.

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