Joined the family commercial Bookbinding business in 1984, which is where Phil Parkins, a current employee at Ludlow Bookbinders, was apprenticed in 1985. Paul stands out in the UK bookbinding profession with his in-depth knowledge of highly mechanised binding across all bookbinding and print finishing processes as well as craft binding. Ludlow Bookbinders is for him not just a business, but a passion to keep craft binding alive in England.
Bindery Manager and Company Secretary. Phil has over 30 years of binding experience, 7 of these with master bookbinder, Brian Settle. Calm and collected, nothing much fazes Phil. He is the owner of the company mascot - a whippet called Biff.
Despite being a Yorkshireman, Brian (a proud Lancastrian) taught him all he knows-which is now a lot! Richard project managed the production of The SAS War Diary and Stardust project, he loves binding one off first editions.
At Ludlow Bookbinders, Debs copes with the multifaceted handwork requirements of a craft bindery with on-going good humour. In her spare time, she keeps Pip on the straight and narrow.
Phil & Bif
Brian Settle, now retired, after 58 years of binding beautiful books. He was the inspiration to found Ludlow Bookbinders, and we all strive to keep to the standards he set. He still pops in from time to time to catch up, and check up on us!