Sign is Symbol of Longevity for H&H Reeds

30 April, 2020

No one today will remember when our “Reed’s Printers Stationers” sign went up outside our old shop on King Street in Penrith. Probably because (by our best guess) it went up around 1893 – over 127 years ago!  As it is #ThrowbackThursday we take a step back into history and appreciate how far we have come as a business.  

We still have the sign at our current sign manufacturing plant and considering its age, is still in a pretty good condition.

For many years, the sign took pride of place hanging outside the shop on King Street in Penrith and even after all this time, it’s still solid and robust and there is even a light inside it!  Our mediums may have changed and evolved over the years, but the sign is a symbol of durability and Reeds still build signs to last!

The black paint used as a background has started to peel off the glass which is to be expected at this age. The lettering however, is just as good as the day it was made. As you can see in the close up, the handmade sign was made to the highest of standards and has stood the test of time – we take pride in the fact that a sign produced today by our team will be to the same quality spec as our high standards haven’t changed, even though the mediums have.

The sign was proudly displayed outside our old print shop on King Street which, as you can see from the photo, was only a stone’s throw away from the iconic Clocktower, or the Musgrave Monument, positioned in the centre of Penrith.

Present Day

The building itself also remains today, although now a kitchen display shop. However, there is still another little piece of history related to Reed’s featured on the wall outside. Even though it is fairly weathered, there is a plaque which reads “Reed’s Ltd Registered Office”. The building was occupied as a shop for Reeds Printers until 1997 when we moved to our current location on Southend Road. The move was made so we could have room for our entire Penrith operation under one roof, where previously we were split over two sites in Penrith.   Print, signs and display equipment are all managed from this site to service clients UK wide.

Once we’ve revamped our reception area in our new brand guise, the intention is re-hang the sign both as an internal piece of art and pride of place, recognising our company longevity.