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About Nicholas Birchall

I began saving letterpress type & equipment in 2006 and this has grown into a composing room and a working printing office.  At present we have hand/treadle platen presses, an Albion flat bed press now completely renovated. Cleeve Press has a wide range of typefaces, fleurons and image blocks in stock.  I produce quality letterpress printing from my own designs in traditional typographical styles and also teach these skills to others at craft workshops. Link Cleeve Press Access to Letterpress I am a member of the Heritage Crafts Association and the Oxford Guild of Printers, we exhibit at OGP events, book fairs and other publishing, handcraft and printing exhibitions.  

Further Info

Specialised in
Hand composing metal or wood type, to include decorations (fleourns), image blocks and rules making an original design for printing (forme)  Experimentation and exploration of the printing process is our aim.  Most designs are “short run or original works.” One to one tuition in our "Printing Office" will give you an insight into the process. LINK An Introduction to Letterpress Future projects are to designs original new typefaces and fleourns casting these in type metal.
Open to the Public?
Yes, by appointment only
Provides Course / Training
Available for Craft Fairs
Available - please ask about pricing


18 Windmill Avenue


This poster is designed around the “May Lis” type face designed by Cleeve Press.

It is a Letterpress limited edition of only 11, printed on Fabriano 100% Cotton Paper

Code: Mlis-017-15_Maylis_Parenthesis_Limited_edition_11