Hallmark Engraving Etching and Signs at Unit 2, Ashgrove Farm, Piltdown.

Engraving, etching and signs business moves to Piltdown

An engraving, etching and signs business is settling into a new unit at Piltdown after nearly 120 years based in Croydon.Hallmark Engraving Etching and Signs

Director Janet Gratwick said Hallmark Engraving Etching and Signs started in 1899, in an attic workshop opposite the Town Hall in Croydon.


Jan Gratwick, director of Hallmark Engraving, Etching and Signs, with one of the company’s glass awards.

Since then they have progressed from old-fashioned hand engravers to the multi-faceted engraving, etching and sign-making company they are today.

The company has always embraced new technology from when it bought its first pantograph engraving machine, followed then by computerised engraving machines.


Kevin applies gold leaf to an honours board being made by Hallmark Engraving, Etching and Signs.

As design evolved and companies created their own brand logos and type styles the natural progression to etching began and the production of company nameplates and commemorative plaques.

Skilled craftspeople bring additional skills to the company, enabling it to make backboards for plaques and honours boards and all manner of wooden signs.


Norman prepares a lift panel for etching.

The business is based at Ashgrove Farm in Piltdown and members of the public are welcome to call in to take advantage of the fast production of industrial plastic labels, badges, engraving fine details on wood, glass awards and trophies, brass and stainless plates.

Janet, who lives at Nutley, said: “Every day is an interesting one and we are no longer surprised by what is sometimes dragged through the front door.


Roger uses a guillotine to slice through metal at Hallmark Engraving, Etching and Signs.

“From a dog disc or a village sign, from bedpans, backgammon boards and bench rails we can normally find a skill from our resources to make your mark.

“We are always happy to help and pride ourselves on our good old-fashioned service and expertise. Please take a look at our website which will give you an idea of the range of our services.

“We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to our new home at Ashgrove Farm.”


Rod prepares to use a bench saw at Hallmark Engraving, Etching and Signs.

• Contact details for Hallmark Engraving Etching and Signs can be found 24/7 in their premium listing in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Engraving, Etching or Signs.

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