About Pete Wiltshire

Bindings of Interest

The Winchester Bindery

The Winchester Bindery is located in P & G Wells Ltd, situated at 11 College Street, Winchester in close proximity to Winchester Cathedral and Winchester College, and next door but one from the house where Jane Austen spent the last days of her life. It is a general bookshop with a bindery attached, run as a separate business for the last 30 years by Tim Wiltshire. It is thought to be the oldest bookshop and bindery still in existence in the country.


By Phone

Telephone: 01962 856075

Mobile: 07786 493915

In person at the Winchester Bindery

The Winchester Bindery,
P & G Wells,
11 College Street,
Winchester, Hampshire
SO23 9LZ

Pete Wiltshire is available during normal working hours, Monday to Friday, at the Winchester Bindery, located at P & G Wells Bookshop in Winchester.
Parking is available outside the bookshop.

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Rebacking is the process of rebinding a book with a new spine, re-using the original boards, and re-laying the original spine if possible. These are a some examples of books I've rebacked. Read more...
The majority of my page repairs are done using Japanese repairing tissue and ironed on by hand, or using a laminating press. I also do more traditional page repairs with paste when required, and can have books and plates washed and re-sized. Read more...
These are a few examples of boxes, slip cases, and display cases I've made. Wherever possible I use archivally sound materials in my work, and all my boxes are made with acid free board, and lined with acid free paper. Read more...

Work Undertaken

Pete Wiltshire undertakes a wide range of binding and restoration work, including:

  • Restoration and Conservation (including rebacks and page repairs).
  • Bespoke traditional half and full leather bindings (view examples)
  • Case binding including albums
  • Thesis and dissertation binding (to suit all budgets)
  • Boxes, slipcases and display cases made to order (view examples)
  • Short runs (under 500 copies)

Click here for more information or feel free to get in contact either by phone on 01930 265444 or in person (see Contact section below).

Case Studies

Case studies showing interesting work and book binding techniques. Please click on any of the pictures for more information and imagery.

Case Study 1 - Russian Bible Restoration

Restoration of an large early 19th century Russian Bible, originally bound in full leather on wooden boards with brass clasps. Read more...

Case Study 2 - A Tudor Binding

A vellum manuscript bound in full leather on oak boards in the style of a tudor binding. Read more...

Case Study 3 - Cary's English Atlas Rebound

This was an 18th century atlas in a very poor state that I restored and rebound into a half leather binding in a style contemporary to the book. Read more...

Case Study 4 - Wars of Rome

Book of 1702 rebound in full leather.

Case Study 5 - Molls Atlas

Restoration of an 18th century quarter leather binding in very perished condition. Read more...

Decorative Papers

These are a selection of hand cut, printed, and coloured block and paste papers. As well as traditional marble papers, Pete uses these papers on his bindings, and keeps a stock available for sale.

Examples of papers available can be found in the gallery here. For more information please get in touch.

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Please click here for an index of all galleries and case studies on this website.