UNTIL the advent of big supermarkets and the plastic carrier bag everything came in printed paper products.

Barrow, Ulverston and Millom all had specialist printers who would supply you with anything from a parish magazine to 1,000 sweet bags.

The Barrow Printing Company was established in 1866 and in 1901 it was described as a

letterpress and lithographic printer, bookbinder and die stamper at Hindpool Road.

The chief stationer and newsagent at that time was William Cookson in Dalton Road, Barrow.

Much of the paper for all this printing work came from the Kilner Partington Paper Pulp Company at Barrow Paper Mills, next to Cavendish Dock.

It was established in 1892 and closed in 1973.