Thomas Sanderson was from Northumberland and initially trained and worked as a barrister in
Sanderson first set up a binding workshop called the Doves Bindery in 1884 after the Doves Tavern situated on his road. He was influenced by the Arts and Crafts work ethic in which craftsmen were encouraged and given the time to create beautiful and hand-manufactured items in a good working environment for fair pay. In 1900 he developed the austere Doves type type-face with the printer and engraver Emery Walker, and together they set up a private press, the Dove’s Press based in Hammersmith, London. This partnership ended acrimoniously in 1909.
Sanderson added his wife’s name ‘Cobden’ to his on their marriage in1882 due to his progressive values (for the time) on female equality.