The Saint Joan Press was founded as a traditional Catholic publisher of beautifully produced hardback books and devotional triptych-style cards derived from medieval illuminated manuscripts. The Press is situated in the heart of rural England some fifty miles south of London in the historic town of Midhurst across the river from the ruins of Cowdray Castle.

Once the home of the Montague family and known as "Little Rome", when Cowdray later fell into Protestant hands Blessed Margaret Pole was held prisoner there from 1538-9. Martyred at the Tower of London at the age of 70 by Henry VIII, Blessed Margaret Pole was the mother of Reginald Cardinal Pole, the last Catholic Cardinal in England until the restoration of the hierarchy some three hundred years later.