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Simon Barcham Green
Kent, England
Former owner of the historic Hayle Mill, Maidstone
Interests: Papermaking, watermarks, paper history, alternative fibres, conservation and the environment
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The Annual Hand Papermaking Auction on eBay (https://www.ebay.com/usr/handpapermaking) is a key fundraiser for Hand Papermaking, inc. The funds collected from the auction go straight to supporting the organization's main programs — our award-winning, beautifully illustrated, full-color flagship magazine; our informative and insightful quarterly newsletter; and our highly sought-after themed paper... Continue reading
For years many people have asked me if there was a history of Hayle Mill and I had to disapppoint them. But for many of those years, my wife Maureen Green researched the Hayle Mill Archives, earning first an MA in the History of the Book and then a PhD... Continue reading
Although all the moulds on this website are at least 30 year olds and many date from the 19th Century, it is still possible to buy papermaking moulds produced in the traditional way. Some years ago Serge Pirard started learning the craft of mould making from the late Ron MacDonald... Continue reading
Stocks of paper made at Hayle Mill are now very rare - not surprising as production ended 30 years ago in July 1987. However in tidying up my stock room (which is shared with the archives), I have compiled a stack of about 800 - 1,000 sheets of 20 different... Continue reading
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Making watermarks is a complex business and I am certainly not an expert on them. The simplest are just pieces of bent wire sewn down on to the laid or wove cover wire of the mould. These were invented, as far as we know, way back in the 13th century... Continue reading
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I am sorry to report that Ron Macdonald passed away in November. According to Serge Pirard (who now owns Ron's loom) since 1985, Ron made more than 650 moulds and deckles, shipped to people in the UK, Europe, the USA, Australia and beyond. This is a an amazingly high number... Continue reading
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This is one of the most beautiful sets of watermarks in the collection. It features Turkish script - wire and embossing. “Ottoman Turkish language" was a variety of Turkish, highly influenced by Persian and Arabic. The Ottomans had three influential languages, Turkish, Persian, Arabic but they did not have a... Continue reading
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This is an exceptional pair of moulds made in 6/1954 for the Queen's bankers Coutts & Co. They measure 520 x 635 mm and would have made a single sheet of paper to have been torn in half along the tear wire when dry. They demonstrate light and shade water... Continue reading
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I have been very behind in posting images but I am now trying to catch up with some photographs taken over the last couple of years. M232 is a small wove mould without a deckle 375 x 450 mm. The 4 sets of watermarks illustrate soem of what could be... Continue reading
In 2016, I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at various venues in the USA and titled my talk, rather loosely, a Personal View of Paper History. I have deliberately wandered off the straight chronology to include some of my own experiences at Hayle Mill, in India and... Continue reading
There is now one less paper left in stock that was made at Hayle Mill. The last couple of hundred sheets of Antique Rose were sold for a special project that I will announce in a few months time. My stock list can be Downloaded here. Continue reading
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Way back in 1970, I travelled through Colorada and other interesting states on a trip to Alaska. In preparation for my trip I succeeded in borrowing a first edition copy of A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella Lucy Bird from Trinity College Library in Dublin, which was... Continue reading
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The tour starts at the University of Iowa Center for the Book and the whole tour has been organised by its Director Tim Barrett who has also run its papermaking courses and research for many years. Tim is not only an old friend but he probably knows more about making... Continue reading
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For about 20 years up to 1987 I toured the USA nearly every year to promote our handmade papers. However the last time I visited was a brief holiday in California in 1999. I am will now be travelling from Chicago to San Francisco by car and returning by train,... Continue reading
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The Hayle Mill photographic archive is the best collection illustrating papermaking in the UK and dates back to 1870. Apart from a large collection of prints on paper, I also own a significant collection of 7 x 7 inch glass plate negatives. Some of these are wet collodion. The detail... Continue reading
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This site mainly relates to handmade papermaking at Hayle Mill; its history, papers, tools, archives and publications. It also includes details of paper, moulds and felts for sale. I hope that you will find my site a useful source of information but please bear in mind that it is published... Continue reading
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This is an exceptionally fine pair of moulds used to make custom notepaper for Ryman's, the stationers. Henry J Ryman opened his first store in London at Great Portland Street in 1893, and there is still a store there today. Mr Ryman opened the first ever self-service stationery shop with... Continue reading
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The Amalgamated Press was founded by Alfred Harmsworth in 1888 (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Harmsworth,_1st_Viscount_Northcliffe). The publisher initially produced Answers to Correspondents, the first magazine of its kind dedicated to answering readers' questions on any possible subject. Other Amalgamated publications included London Magazine, Woman and Home, Woman's Weekly, and several children's magazines and... Continue reading
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NOT AVAILABLE AS ALREADY SOLD These moulds were used for two book printing papers - Chilham (white) and Canterbury (light toned, sometimes called Linton). The moulds were made by E Amies & Son (date unknown). These watermarks were associated with the Royal size (505 x 645 mm, 20" x 25")... Continue reading
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 These moulds are amongst my favourites and were used for one of the later printing papers stocked at Hayle Mill. The following story has been adapted from "An Illusive Image" an article that was first published in Fine Print, The Review for the Arts of the Book, Vol.XII (3),... Continue reading
I have been feeling somewhat guilty about not posting recently due to starting a new job, dealing with all sorts of interesting matters and life in general. However one thing leads to another and I recommend you visit http://www.whimsie.com/antique%20art%20supplies.html which has some very nice watermark images. The site owner Ron... Continue reading
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These are a particularly historic pair of moulds as they were used to make the last full scale production batch of hand-made paper at Hayle Mill and hence in the United Kingdom. In April 1987 we reluctantly decided that the Mill would have to close since financial viability had been... Continue reading
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These moulds made by Amies probably date from the mid 20th century although the watermarks were added in the 1970s. In 1974, prior to taking over Hayle Mill from W & R Balston Ltd, I succeeded in securing a large contract from the Richard de Bas museum in Ambert, France.... Continue reading
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Single mould and deckle with mirror plates for wall mounting. 1 rod. Brass on all sides of mould frame which is rather heavy. The deckle is very light. Presumed for Finants Ministeriet, Denmark and made there? For Finants Ministeriet see http://www.fm.dk/ 2 pieces of wove cover 10 x 10 mm... Continue reading