Our History

David Peach
David Peach


The Furnival Press was founded in 1861 by George Barber, a Victorian entrepreneur who came from the Kent coast to London to seek his fortune. The business occupied premises on the corner of Furnival and Cursitor Streets in Holborn, where initially the business concentrated on printing for the legal profession, followed in due course by parliamentary work, printing for the city livery companies, and music printing.

Richard took over the company following his father’s death in 1901. The business stayed in the hands of the Barber family right up to 1960, when it was taken over by its Furnival Street neighbour, the Jewish Chronicle. 10 years on, with traffic congestion making the loading and unloading of heavy lorries in the narrow street increasingly difficult, the business moved to Camberwell, employing at that time 70 staff.

Johnny Gumb, who had joined the company in 1969, bought the business with 2 associates in 1982. Echoes of our early years live on in the printing which we still produce for two of the Inns of Court and several city livery companies, and in the depth of our knowledge of printing as a traditional craft and a skill.

We moved in 2002 to Stockwell and introduced our ‘on-demand’ digital printing and large format, facilities which helped to broaden our loyal customer base.

In 2016 Johnny Gumb sold the business to David Peach, who at the same time purchased another printing company, TKO Print, which was a family run business established in 1985. David had been a loyal employee of Furnival Press since 1988.

With new investment, premises, energy and ideas, the company upgraded to new Konica Minolta digital presses, with associated finishing equipment to cope with any print requirements and same day turnaround projects.

In 2018 Furnival Press were on the move again due to redevelopment of the occupied premises. With help from a close friendship with the Type Archive we moved to offices within their premises.

In 2019-20 David invested again heavily in our on demand equipment with another Konica Minolta digital press now capable of envelope printing, hole punching, stapling and banner feed, a new hot foiling machine to add this popular finish in house with same day turnaround. A new digifold Pro 385, capable of folding/scoring and perforting at 6000 sheets per hour. As well as this a new latex large format printer and mounting machine was also installed to offer large format prints and signage in house.

We are now in a position to offer most popular print services for the best value and quality on a same day basis to serve our local /London based customers, as well as UK based customers with a next day service.

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