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BFP history

We are searching for old employees from all departments to get back in touch

Calling all ex-employees

We have been looking for readers or old employees with memories of our history

Celebrating 150 years of newspapers

The purpose-built offices at Loudwater Mill, Station Road

2005 Bucks Free Press makes the move

Little Market House

Printing took place in town centre

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Thomas Harsant Butler

Thomas Butler became editor in 1885

Paper changed name during First World War

William Hollins

William Hollins became editor in 1919

A rotary press was installed in 1924

W.H. Whittles - Fourth Editor

Whittles and Baldwin

he front of the BFP's High Street offices in 1937

The BFP used to have a high street shop

In 1938 a much faster press was installed

A worker using a Linotype machine in 1937

A Linotype machine enabled type to be set mechanically

Typesetters at work

Typesetters retyped articles to create lines of metal lettering

A compositor makes an advert by placing lines of metal type in a frame, or chase.

Lines of metal type were placed in a frame

Compositor Frank Watson adds the final lines of type to a page

Compositors had a seven-year apprenticeship

A proof is checked for corrections

The metal pages would be read using a wet piece of paper

On the left of the picture a flong is being placed in a casting box ready for moulding a metal plate. On the right, a moulded printing plate is inspected.

Paper moulds were used in the production process

A metal plate is prepared for the printing press

Metal plates were made for the press

The press is ready to roll in 1937

Pages were paired up on the press

Pages being cut on metal conveyor belts

Ink rollers ran over the plates while the paper raced through

Papers were snatched from the press mid-run for checking

The paper was modernised in the mid-1950s

Our Gomm Road offices

Gomm Road factory opened in 1956

Arthur Church

Arthur Church became editor in 1956

The press at Gomm Road in the 1970s

Midweek launched in 1968

Bill Tilley

Bill Tilley became editor in 1976

A compositor sticks the separate stories, pictures and

By the 1980s type was set on screen

A film negative of a page is inspected

A process camera produced full-size negatives of the page

A metal plate in production

The negatives were used to make metal plates for the press

The paper is folded on the press

Paper runs over a reversed image on a rubber blanket

The paper is cut on the press

For colour pages, four plates were needed

Tim Blott

New editor Tim Blott takes over

Printing was contracted out in 1990

The BFP costs just 40p

The papers reach the newsagents early on Friday morning

Editor Steve Cohen

Current editor took over in 1994

More than 100 staff work at our Gomm Road site

A reporter at work

Our reporters either cover a patch or specialise

A photographer at work

Photographers mostly use digital cameras

An editorial conference

How the news is treated is decided in daily editorial conferences

The Bucks Free Press newsroom

The newsroom works to daily deadlines

A sub-editor at work

Sub-editors design and check the pages

A production employee merges the stories and adverts together on-screen to complete a page

Adverts are added to complete the paper

A delivery of paper in the 1860s.

Paper was delivered by horse and cart in the 1860s

Single sheets were hand-fed into the printer in the 1850s

William Butler, founder of the Bucks Free Press

William Butler founded BFP in 1856

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