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OUR STAFF

OUR STAFF

George Bayntun has been a family run business since it first opened in 1894, and many of our staff have worked with us for years, with over 330 years experience combined. Below you can find out more about them.

Edward Bayntun-Coward

Edward Bayntun-Coward

Edward is the great-grandson of George Bayntun and the son of Hylton and Charlotte. He read Modern History at Oxford University and then worked for five years at Maggs Bros in London. Married to Laura, with three teenage children, Lily, Joshua and Beatrice, Edward was High Sheriff of Somerset 2016-2017.

Jeremy Peters

Jeremy Peters

Jeremy has spent his whole life in books, beginning at W.H. Smith & Son and arriving at Bayntun's in 1967. He retired in January 2017 and now lives in Honiton, but we regard him as an emeritus member of staff and consultant.

Penny Cox

Penny Cox

Penny is part of the fixtures and fittings having joined the firm in 1963 as secretary to Edward's grandmother Constance and then tending to Hylton for 35 years. She now works two days a week and her son, Daniel, designed this website.

Julie Grayshan

Julie Grayshan

Julie joined us in 1964, as a secretary and book-keeper. She left to bring up her daughter and went on to take up a career in tourism. The lure of Bayntun's proved too strong and she returned to the fold in the late 1970s. Julie works two days a week and runs the George Gregory print and map department.

Annie Logan

Annie Logan

Annie started here in January 2006 and spent ten years imposing almost perfect order on all aspects of the business. She has been in charge of the camera, composes our catalogues and keeps every customer happy.

Hannah Aspinall

Hannah Aspinall

Hannah graduated with a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Brighton and then spent nine months farming and travelling around Europe. She came to Bayntun's in January 2014 and has taken on much of the cataloguing, organises book fairs and shop displays and keeps us in the public eye. She has just completed the ABA Bookselling Apprentice scheme.

“Sophie

Sophie Assinder

Sophie graduated from the University of Reading with a degree in English Literature. She spent last winter hosting in an Austrian chalet but her love of books brought her home and she has been with us since April. We are delighted to have her.

Pam Fontana

Pam Fontana

Pam has been our faultless book-keeper since 2002. She previously worked in hotel management for many years, before becoming an accounts supervisor for Tate & Lyle. When Pam was a small child her father would bring her into Bayntun's, leading to a life long love of books.

Pam Maggs

Pam Maggs

Pam has been responsible for keeping the shop and bindery clean and tidy since 2001. She is a keen Bath Rugby fan, a prolific post card sender and makes sure that our door handles are always the shiniest in the South-West.

Barley

Barley

Barley is now seven and still finds new nooks and corners to discover in the shop and bindery.

OUR BINDERY STAFF

Emma Abrahams

Emma Abrahams

Emma followed her mother and aunt into the bindery and has been with us since 2000. Besides collating and sewing she prepares the endleaves and has become a very skilled paper restorer.

Don Alexander

Don Alexander

After spending five years as an apprentice here from 1977, Don went off to work for Period Binders and Chivers. He returned in 1995, and is the complete all-rounder, with experience of forwarding, edge gilding, finishing and box making. He is now our chief restorer.

Nola Edwards

Nola Edwards

Nola started working in the bindery in the summer of 2011, having spent 27 years as an art and graphics technician at the City of Bath College. With a background in book illustration (and mural-painting) her return to working with books was a natural move. Nola is responsible for sewing and headbanding and also refurbishing old books.

Tony Evans

Tony Evans

Tony completed his apprenticeship at Chivers and came to us in 1987. Now our senior finisher he has the run of our many thousands of hand tools, blocks and rolls, all of which he handles with amazing skill and speed. An enthusiastic cyclist, he likes to take his bike off to Majorca.

Spike

Spike

Spike joined us as a forwarder in the spring of 2010, having completed a BA in Bookbinding from Roehampton followed by seven years working in the trade. He had previously worked in the bookselling and publishing world. He is passionate about creativity, typography and good design, all of which are evident in his bindings.

Andrew Van Zanten

Andrew van Zanten

Andrew knew from an early age that he wanted to work with his hands, so combined with his love of books he decided to serve an apprenticeship as a bookbinder, starting here in 2001. He is now a finisher and edge gilder and is systematically cleaning and cataloguing all of our tools. He is a keen traveller and regularly visits family in Australia and South Africa.

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