The Lagonda has attracted a lot of attention — it’s one of those machines that few people have seen and had attained an almost mythical status.
The machine was installed in the 1950s, while Gary Arber was in the Royal Air Force, but it was never very popular.
The feed mechanism is driven by a long, single bar running from left to right and it was very difficult to operate.
The British Printer write-up of the Lagonda suggested they could be run side-by-side, but the way the motor housing is positioned leads me to believe that this could never have been done in practice.
Gary Arber’s Letterpress Print Shop.
The visitor’s first impression is the wealth of objects — everywhere.
Each surface is filled with engaging and interesting things.
Stationery, ephemera, odds-and-sods from the print works itself.
This ground floor is Gary Arber’s shop window and the place to deal with customers.
NOTE: The machinery from Gary Arber’s shop is now held as a collection at Catseye Press UK.