Records of Yendall & Co. Ltd and the Starling Press Ltd of Risca

Scope and Content

Yendall & Co. records, 1931-[c. 1978], including advertising literature, particularly for Riscatype, 1937-[c. 1978], miscellaneous papers, 1961-1963, and advertising literature for other companies, 1958-1961; Starling Press Ltd records, 1942-1983, comprising copies of the Risca and Crosskeys Advertiser, Risca and Blackwood Advertiser, Cwmbran New Town Advertiser and other newspapers, 1951-1971, mock ups and review copies of publications, 1970-1983, published works, 1974-1982, printed material, 1956-1983, printed material from other publishers, 1942-[c. 1980].

Administrative / Biographical History

John Robert Taylor began a printing business in Risca, Monmouthshire, in 1870. This was taken over in 1878 by his assistant Thomas Yendall ([1855]-1916), becoming a family limited company in 1911. He was eventually succeeded by his sons Tom Edward (Ted) Yendall (d. 1961) and Ralph Yendall (d. 1953) and then by Ted's son, Jack Yendall. In 1925 the company began the manufacture of 'Riscatype' and in 1935 abandoned printing for typefounding. The Starling Press had been founded in Risca in 1946 by C. J. Starling and became a limited company in 1951. It was taken over by Yendall & Co. in 1958. In 1984 Yendall & Co. went into voluntary liquidation while the Staring Press was bought by a group of former employees. F. E. A. Yates was Director of Yendall & Co., 1961-1984, and Managing Director and Publisher-in-Chief of the Starling Press, 1963-1984. Yendall & Co. began publication of the weekly Risca and Crosskeys Advertiser in 1923, with publication continuing until 1934. It was taken over by the Risca Printing Works, 1934-1939, and by the Starling Press, 1951-1960. It became the Risca and Blackwood Advertiser in 1960 and ceased publication in 1971. The Starling Press produced local history publications, 1969-1984.


Arranged into the following: records of Yendall and Co. Ltd; records of The Starling Press Ltd.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Mr F. E. A. Yates, [c. 1984].


Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, Catalogue of records Yendall and Company Limited of Risca, typefounders, and The Starling Press Limited of Risca, printers and publishers.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained

Custodial History

These papers are a private collection gathered by F. E. A. Yates during his time as Director and Managing Director of the two companies.


Accruals are not expected

Geographical Names