Since 2011, our experts have written a number of Gade Valley paper mill related publications. The authors are very much experts in their field. Michael Stanyon who set up the Apsley Paper Trail archive, has become an authority on the history of papermaking in the area.  He also delivers illustrated talks alongside currently writing a longer history of the paper mills of Hertfordshire.  Alan Penwarden, another longstanding archivist with interest in the history of Kings Langley, authored and co-authored some of the earlier publications. Paul Sturman, has first hand experience of growing up in a firefighting family and as the 4th generation of the Sturman family to work in the mill fire service at Home Park and Apsley.

The following publications are available via our Wonderful* fundraising site –

Following the Paper Trail: in Hertfordshire’s Gade Valley – Michael Stanyon isbn 9781909851061 £3.

This publication aims to correctly record Apsley and the Mills of The Gade Valley, as a crucible for change. The birthplace in paper’s industrial revolution at Frogmore in 1803 and the subsequent innovations of John Dickinson, taking place in the mills of The Gade Valley deserve recognition internationally, Fully illustrated.

From Domesday to Today: the Life of a Hertfordshire Paper Mill – Michael Stanyon isbn 9781909851061 £3

Hamper Mill on the River Colne is special amongst the majority of paper mills as the structure of the mill has remained intact, as a living community. Research for this publication was carried out over a period of ten years with the kind assistance of Gloria Thompson and Virginia Silvester. Illustrated.

Postage and packing is an additional £1.45 per book.

Also in series are the following:

Home Park Paper Mill at Kings Langley, Hertfordshire – Alan Penwarden  isbn 9781909851009

The Poetry of Paper: an anthology of papermaking verse – Michael Stanyon  isbn 9781909851016

Railways: the John Dickinson Connection – Michael Stanyon isbn 9781909851023

Protecting the Business: John Dickinson and the British Paper Company Volunteer Fire Brigades – Alan Penwarden, Michael Stanyon and Paul Sturman isbn 9781909851047

A Lion Goes to War: from Waterloo to World War II – Michael Stanyon isbn 781909851030

All £3 each, plus postage and packing.  If you are interested, please email