Fast Foot Press

Fast Foot Press is a small, independent publishing and design house based in Lancaster in the North of England. We research, design and publish a range of unique printed publications that are indicative of our passion for the interesting, obscure and beautiful. Our aim is to produce items of value, interest and beauty: to devise printed works that fascinate and inspire.

Since the launch of our first book, A Lancaster Alphabet: Letterforms from the Stones of the City, several new publications have been released; Sum of the Parts, and  Copies May Be Had. Our latest item is Unhome, a photographic study that considers the issue of immigration from the perspective of the immigrant. We’ve also recently developed a range of greeting cards that draw on the research from some of our publications and our fascination with all things beautiful and interesting.

More publications are in progress and we are keen to hear from researchers and writers who are interested in collaborative projects or who want to use our publication design and typesetting services.


Little Eye is a blog providing photographs of architectural lettering and images of nineteenth century cartes de visite and early twentieth century snapshots.

Recent Additions



Immigration persists as a key issue in cultural, economic, and political discourse, where it is usually represented from a non-émigré point of view. Unhome challenges this asymmetry by presenting a personal catalogue from an immigrant’s perspective.

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The Winton Murder

This publication rediscovers the events of a once infamous murder of 1826, commemorated in the words of a ballad. Drawing on the original ballad song sheet and other historical documents, it presents the key aspects of the murder and trial, as well as considering the role of broadside ballads in society and the value of these intriguing ephemeral remnants.

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Sum of the Parts

This publication is a study of how letterforms, found on the buildings and memorials of the city of Lancaster, can be manipulated and changed to create new forms as the designs are translated from stone to paper.

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Boy Who Wasn't

The Boy Who Wasn't

The first in a series of short fiction pieces set in a Victorian photographic studio. Each of the stories takes its inspiration from original Victorian and Edwardian cartes de visite. Accompanying the text are a series of illustrative pieces based on the original photographs.

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