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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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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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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") of a much wider range... 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
Download Mould catalogue - published 27th October 2014 Continue reading
Written by my wife Maureen Green and published by the Janus Press in June 2008, the book is 68 pages with a text that is both a readable and technical survey of the 180 years the Green family made handmade paper. Download Papermaking at Hayle Mill SLIDE SHOW 10.08.08 (1)... Continue reading
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These moulds were given to me by Museu Moli Paperer de Capellades, Catalunya in exchange for a Hayle Mill pair. Capellades told me that "The first documentary evidence relating to this family is from La Riba (Tarragona), where on 16 July 1727 Cristofol Miguel received permission to build a mill.... Continue reading
I have about 25,000 sheets of handmade paper in stock, much of it uncatalogued. Download Paper-and-felt-catalogue-21.08.2011 for more information and prices. This catalogue also includes traditional "wet felts" which were made to demanding professional specifications. They were made entirely from high quality wool, woven in the traditional way with the... Continue reading
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This is a very unusual single mould with one rod and no deckle. It is stamped "Sinclair" in cursive script on brass. I am not sure if there was such a mouldmaker or was it a mill? Although wove with backing wire, there appear to be no chain lines under... Continue reading
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This is a very fine pair of moulds to which my photos, especially close up, do not give justice. They were made by Amies in 1/1905 for Joseph Batchelor & Son, presumably for notepaper. Continue reading
The Hayle Mill Archives are regarded as unique in British papermaking history in terms of their scope and completeness. This is unusual as most companies disposed of their records by intent or accident and very few paper companies survive that existed in anything like their present form prior to 1900.... Continue reading
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Not a great deal is known about these moulds made by R Larner, Dartford (date unknown). I purchased them from Gordon Whitehead in 1990 so they are likely to have been used at Wookey Hole Mill in Somerset. They are very unusual in having a deckle divided lengthwise (ie hand... Continue reading
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This is one of the most interesting pairs of moulds in the collection and a fine example of the mouldmaker's art of watermarking. Whilst it is common to have a deckle fitted with a divider to produce two sheets on a single mould, multiple divisions are rare and I have... Continue reading
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Designed to take 25 lb of dry fibre, this is thought to be one of only six built by Valley Iron Works in Appleton, Wisconsin and possibly one of only two to survive; the other known example is in regular use at Cave Paper in Minneapolis. Download Valley Beater 25... Continue reading
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Wove mould without conventional deckle but with a roll of leather attached around the edges of the mould. It is thought that this was an experiment in which the leather roll was intended to retain the fibre on the sheet but press flat during couching. Mould in very poor condition... Continue reading