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Town printers prospered

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

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THERE were at least three printing and stationery businesses with the name Hill in Leek until the early 1950s.

Hill Bros owned the Post & Times and had a shop in Haywood Street.

Fred Hill was the town's main bookseller, in Derby Street, and owned a printing works in Bath Street.

And in Stanley Street was the smallest of the three, George Hill's. I've no idea whether the families were related, but they may have been cousins.

George Hill did printing work and sold stationery, toys and postage stamps for collectors, a great attraction to young enthusiasts.

He was also a fine photographer and used many of his pictures of local scenes to sell as simple Christmas cards. The five shown here are examples from a private collection.

More of Hill's photographic work in the form of glass plates was rescued a few years ago when building work was being done at the premises.

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