The history of the English company Wills & Hepworth Ltd stems to 1873, when Harry Wills purchased the Angel Press and stationers shop in Loughborough. started a bookshop which soon became a small scale printing and publishing business. William Hepworth joined as a partner in 1904 and the firm of Wills & Hepworth was created.
The company produced many diverse titles and products, including the "Campaign" wargame in the 1940s (not to be confused with the Waddingtons game of the same name). The address given for the company on the rulebook of this game was:
Wills & Hepworth Ltd
The Angel Press
The company is best known for printing the 'Ladybird' series of children's books, which are highly sought after items. These proved so popular that by 1971 the company changed its name to Ladybird Books Ltd.
In 1995, Ladybird became part of the Penguin organisation; three years later, after the company failed to reach its sales targets, the Loughborough printing works were closed.