The Almonry of Westminster Abbey, where William Caxton (1412-1493) set up the first printing press in England in 1472; the house was demolished in 1845, as were the other buildings of the Almonry. Caxton was born in Kent and after schooling spent many years in Bruges and Holland, rising to an eminent position among his fellow merchants. He went to Cologne and embraced the new technique of printing and acquired a press in order to publish his translations of various French books. Bringing his press to England he rented premises at the sign of the Red Pale in Westminster.

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The Almonry of Westminster Abbey, where William Caxton (1412-1493) set up the first printing press in England in 1472; the house was demolished in 1845, as were the other buildings of the Almonry. Caxton was born in Kent and after schooling spent many years in Bruges and Holland, rising to an eminent position among his fellow merchants. He went to Cologne and embraced the new technique of printing and acquired a press in order to publish his translations of various French books. Bringing his press to England he rented premises at the sign of the Red Pale in Westminster. Between 1473 and his death he published a hundred books. Caxton died in the early part of 1492 and was buried in the churchyard of St Margaret's Westminster.
Location: Westminster Abbey, London, UK