The Quarterly No. 75 - July 2010


The Anstey Paper Mill Company Limited - Mike Malley

This small paper mill was one of the few to be sited in Leicestershire. It opened in 1873, and was closed by 1877. In a wonderful piece of detective work, the author traces the reasons for its inauguration, and the circumstances that led to its rapid closure.

8 pages, 4 illustrations


A Dated Watermark Causes Trouble - Anon

A very short piece about how a legatee tried to forge a will, but forgot to check the watermark, which was used ultimately to prove the document to be counterfeit.

Half page


New Patent Strainer - Anon

Another short, illustrated, article about a new design of strainer manufactured around 1890 by the famous Scottish firm of James Bertram & Son.

1 page, 1 illustration


A Brief History of Wiggins Teape UK Manufactories: Part 1 - The Beginnings of Empire (1881-1918) - Daven Chamberlain

The first in a four part series describing the paper mills, and occasionally other manufacturing sites, associated with this major UK firm. Dates, products and equipment are all touched upon in this story, the first part of which covers the transition from merchant to manufacturer.

5 pages, 8 illustrations


I Promise to Pay - Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens wrote a number of articles on the subject of paper, its manufacture and uses. This is one of the earliest, and tells the story of banknote manufacture, and how the genuineness of such notes was verified in Great Britain by the mid-Victorian era.

3 pages


British Bibliography of Paper History and Watermark Studies No.17, 2009 - Peter Bower

Listing of articles concerned with papermaking history and conservation published in 2009.

4 pages


Industrial Fire Brigades in the Paper industry - Paul Sturman and Michael Stanyon

Fire was (and is) an ever present problem in paper mills, which tend to hoard large amounts of flammable materials into piles convenient for a fire to cause maximum destruction. So it comes as no surprise that paper mills were one of the first industrial groups to invest in resident fire engines. This article gives a brief overview of the subject, but concentrates mainly upon engines in the Dickinson range of mills around Apsley.

4 pages, 6 illustrations


Extracts from Notebooks in the Paper Federation Archive - Daven Chamberlain

The Paper Federation of Great Britain donated their archive to the BAPH in 2006. This consisted mainly of handwritten notebooks on a wide range of subjects. All of this material was deposited with St. Bride Library. This article is based upon the contents of around twenty of the notebooks, with material extracted under headings of Economic, Industrial, Social and Technical History. It gives a flavour of the range of material that can be obtained by consultation of this archive, which is on open access, but is un-catalogued.

7 pages, 4 tables


Poem on Paper - Benjamin Franklin

A shortened version of this poem was printed in The Quarterly No.64; this version was obtained from an earlier source, and contains a number of new verses not reproduced previously.

3 pages

Oakenholt Mill Steam Engine - Richard L Hills

A series of images taken, it is believed, in the late 1920s or early 1930s, showing the installation of a steam engine, made by Hick Hargreaves, at Oakenholt Mill.

5 pages, 8 illustrations


The Quarterly Index Nos 69-72 - Terry Wells

The index is arranged in nine categories: Articles by author; Articles by title; Book reviews; General index; Illustrations; Papermakers; Paper mills; Tipped-in paper samples; Watermarks. The Watermarks index is further divided into those that are illustrated and those that are mentioned in the text.

10 pages