Exmouth Market Letterpress Print


Typographic time capsule.

This illuminated letterpress print captures the colourful history and present-day character of Exmouth Market, one of London's most vibrant streets, packed with independent shops, restaurants, cafés and market stalls.

This written snapshot aims to preserve the street’s unique identity by recording each of its present-day ‘establishments of note’ and regular market stalls. It also delves into the location’s shady 400-year history to reveal blood sports, a disreputable Victorian tea garden and an atrocious graveyard now buried under the adjacent park.

To evoke the style of the market, the decorated initials, spelling ‘Exmouth’, have been inspired by the rich assortment of lettering found on the street or designed to represent its past. The formal typographic composition allows the story to be weaved around the page and makes full use of the typeface’s historical and ornamental characters to enrich the text.

  • Letterpress in silver, turquoise and black
  • Individually signed, limited edition of 250
  • Printed on Crane's Lettra 300gsm paper
  • Size: 660 x 464 mm (25.9" x 18.2") allowing the body text to be easily read from a couple of feet away
  • Set in Minion Pro (Robert Slimbach, 1990) and printed by Hand & Eye letterpress, London

Establishments Noted:
North side: Caravan, Gulshan Tandoori, The Exmouth Arms, SpaceEC1, Brill, Farringdon Locksmith & Tool Shop, G N Furniture, Gail’s Bakery, EC One, Café Kick, Bagman and Robin, Family Tree, Potato Merchant & Santoré.
South side: Paesan, East Central Cycles, The Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer, Big Wheel Theatre Company, The Klinik, Clerkenwell Tales, Morito, Moro, Medcalf, Clark’s Pie & Mash, EXM Hair & Beauty, Pride of Siam, Nécco, McCaul Goldsmiths,  Family Business, Hummus Bros, Sweet Boulangerie & Patisserie & Book Ends.
Market Stalls: Spinach & Agushi, Freebird, Sporeboys, The London Brigaderia, Crêpes & Galettes, Spanish Flavours, Simply Thai, The German Barbeque & Ion Patisserie.
Historical locations referenced: The Fountain, London Spaw, The Dog & Duck/ Ducking Pond House, Brayne’s Row, Exmouth Street, The Pantheon, Spa Fields Chapel, Spa Fields Graveyard.

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