I recently had the great pleasure to return to Whittington again to exhibit at the Whittington Press Open Day 2011 and was delighted to watch – through the fug of fumes from the Monotype casters – brand new type being cast by Neil Winter (ex-Libanus Press).
Since John Randle bought his first Monotype caster and keyboard at auction for The Whittington Press in 1981, their range of typefaces and Monotype equipment has increased considerably and they have recently started casting founts of type for sale.
Having acquired the entire library of Monotype diecases of the Oxford University Press in 1986 when the OUP closed its printing division, The Whittington Press had assembled one of the most comprehensive collections in existence. The casting operation was originally run by retired Monotype operator George Wiggall and is now run by Neil Winter, who is an experienced operator & engineer and looks after their three Composition Casters and two Supercasters.
The Whittington Press has started casting some of their rarer founts for sale, starting with Caslon in 18-, 22-, and 24-point, roman, italic and small caps, with castings of Centaur, Bible Centaur and innumerable ornaments & fleurons are underway.