An absolutely fascinating and compelling read, not only from an historical point of view for anyone researching the printing industry, for there is little doubt Waterlow was at the forefront of the industrial revolution, but from the philanthropy and sociology administered by Sir Sydney.
Personally, it answered so many questions. What was the Portuguese Bank Note fiasco? Why my father, who came from a poor family living in Hoxton and went to Pitfield Street School, had the opportunity to join Waterlow's as an office boy at the age of 14 years in 1925, and stayed with the company for the whole of his working life; as did many of his colleagues.
My thanks to the author for bringing `The House of Waterlow` to fruition, and rekindling the many happy memories we had of a childhood within the extended family of Waterlow & Sons Limited.
by Sylvia Belcher nee Lane
Chris was born in London in August 1959 and was educated at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire. On leaving school he went to work for the civilian staff of the Metropolitan Police at New Scotland Yard for eleven years, before discovering the heady world of video production. In 1997 he became a mature student at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, obtaining an HND in Broadcast Technical Operations and being headhunted by QVC, the shopping channel, in 1999, where he continues to work as a Camera Supervisor.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys making short films, playing the bass guitar, listening to music (usually of the ‘rock’ variety), and following his rugby team, London Wasps. He lives in Sussex with his wife, Shirley, and has three step children, Jonathan, Oliver and Laurel.