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, three new publications have been released; The Winton Murder and Sum of the Parts, and  Copies May Be Had. 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. And we will soon have available a set of notebooks.

In November 2014  we released our most recent publication. A Lancaster Ephemera: Printed Relics from a City of Relics, which looks at Lancaster’s economic and political history through a series of printed ephemeral items originating from the mid 1600s to the present. Each provides a glimpse into the past; snatches of the lives of the people and the events of the city. This book is about the history of a place and the development of an infectious love of ephemera—a contagion that this work seeks to impart to others.

City of Letters is an ‘almost’ daily blog about the architectural letterforms, public memorials and printed ephemera of the urban environment.

In addition, Little Eye is a blog providing images of nineteenth century cartes de visite and early twentieth century snapshots.

Fast Foot Press blogs

Recent Additions

Copies May Be Had

Copies May be Had is a collection of cartes-de-visites. These photographer’s trade cards not only have intriguing portraits from the mid-1800s, but the reverse reveals wonderul photographer’s advertisements, each with their own unique design and typographic approach.

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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 Drawing on the original ballad song sheet and other historical documents, it presents the key aspects of the murder and trial, as well as considering the role of broadside ballads in society and the value of these intriguing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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Twenty-Four Serif 'A's

This A4, mounted print has twenty-four serif A letterforms taken from the buildings and memorial of Lancaster, each with title and date, and spanning centuries of the city’s social and design history.

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Back&Beyond 2

In 2011 we helped to develop and design Back&Beyond, a publication celebrating the arts and culture of ‘Lancaster, Morecambe and beyond’. Later this year – after some unexpected delay – we will be working on the latest issue and what we hope will be next in a regular release about art, design and social history.

Incidental Miscellany

Incidental Miscellany is a new series of mini publications that explores a variety of issues, ideas and interests – including psychogeography, urban mapping, social history and short fiction. Each is a micro study in obsession, interest and the intriguing.

A Lancaster Ephemera

A Lancaster Ephemera: Printed Relics from a City of Letters is a study of the social history of the city of Lancaster through a collection of printed ephemera.