The History of Danewood Press

Originally Danewood Press was set up after the Second World War by Don Stepney in an out building behind the local forge in Danehill. In the sixties the press moved to its present home at the Isle of Thorns in Chelwood Gate. The original building was built as a slaughter house and after that it became a laundry for the local gentry. In 1969 Ray Smith went in to partnership with Don and the business started to grow. At that time they did a lot of work for the Wealden District Council and the local community. In the early 1980’s Don retired and Rodney Mitchel  became a partner until he retired in 1997. Robert, Ray’s son joined in 1998 and a few years later became a partner. Ray retired in 2010 and Robert has carried on the family business since then.

Danewood Press now

We have Heidelberg litho machines,  letterpress, digital and large format machines. Thermography, blind embossing, sequential numbering, booklet making are all done in house.  Our staff are all very experienced in the printing industry – giving you the time and attention to detail you need. The business is still in the same building situated in the heart of the beautiful Sussex country side.

The company has moved forward with the times, but keeping some of the old technology helps us offer bespoke innovative solutions. We have a design studio and reprographic department  to help you create your printed products from start to finish.