The Paper Mill at

Sarratt

 

Sarratt Mill, on the River Chess

from Dury & Andrews 1766 map of Hertfordshire

 

HERTFORDSHIRE - by Mr Christie

At his Great Room, in Pall Mall, on Thursday July 2, [1801], at one, in Two Lots

     Lot 1. A FREEHOLD DWELLING-HOUSE with Offices, Stable, Garden, and small Meadow about 3 acres and two Cottages, with their Gardens, and a capital Paper Mill, called Sarratt's Mill, formed on a capacious scale, and most amply supplied with water, and well calculated for that line of business to a very considerable extent, in the most complete and substantial repair; let on Lease to Mr John Dod Stevens; 34 years unexpired, at a reserved Ground-rent of 23, but now of the actual value of 17; desirably situate at Sarratt's, three miles from Rickmansworth, 22 miles from London, in the county of Herts.

 

     Lot 2. Two Freehold Fields of Arable Land called Nobles, containing about 7 acres, now let to Mrs. Hart, at the low net rent of 5, but of double that value. The Tenants will shew the Premises.

     Particulars may be had at the King's Arms, Hemel Hempstead; Swan, Rickmansworth; Essex Arms, Watford; of Mr. Williams, No. 6, Bedford Row; and in Pall Mall.

Morning Chronicle, 9th June, 1801

 

The Morning Post of 1st January, 1840 reported that the partnership between J. D, Stevens and A. Curtis was dissolved

 

 

Sale of paper mill

Morning Advertiser 20th April 1842

 

... The capital and well-constructed mill, which consists of a breaking-mill containing two engines, and a beating mill with four engines, driven by a very powerful stream of water. ... The whole of the machinery ... comprises a 62 inch paper-machine with patent sifter, three pairs of press rolls, glazing rolls, sizing machine, and a set of three-barrel air pumps ... steam-engine of 10-horse-power ... mill is now capable of making upwards of 7,000lb of paper weekly.

Paper Makers Living in Sarratt in the 1851 Census

ATKINS, George

53

Paper Maker

Sarratt

BASS, Hariot

13

Rag Sorter

Sarratt Bottom

BASS, James

61

Paper Maker

Sarratt Bottom

BASS, Martha

61

Paper Maker

Sarratt Bottom

BASS, Mary

38

Rag Sorter

Sarratt Bottom

BLUFF, John

33

Rag Sorter

Sarratt

CARD, Hannah

66

Rag Cutter

Church End, Sarratt

CURTIS, Alfred

42

Paper Manufacturer employing 34 persons

Sarratt Mill, Sarratt Bottom

HUDSON, Austin

62

Mill Wright & Carpenter

Sarratt

KEMP, John

57

Paper Maker

Sarratt Bottom

MEAD, Stephen

22

Paper Maker

Sarratt Bottom

MEAD, William

72

Paper Maker

Sarratt Bottom

MILES, John

59

Paper Maker

Sarratt

PUTNAM, Ann

66

Paper Picker

Church End, Sarratt

READING, James

27

Mill Labourer

Sarratt Bottom

WOODWARD, Thomas

51

Paper Maker

Sarratt Bottom

 

On 25th October, 1853 Alfred Curtis, of Sarratt Mills, Herts, paper manufacturer, and Bryan Donkin, the younger, of Bermonsey, engineer, were granted a patent for improvements in machinery for cutting rags, rope, fibrous and other substances.

 

BANKRUPTS - The Hampshire Advertiser, 19th October, 1861 (from London Gazette)

William Curtis, rag cutter, Sarratt Mills, Hertford

 

1866 Post Office Directory: Alfred Curtis, paper maker, the Mill, Sarratt

 

The Sarratt Paper Mills, near Rickmansworth, Herts

 

... A Valuable FREEHOLD PROPERTY, in the village of Sarratt, ... comprising a moderate-sized residence with lawn; small island, in which is a pleasure garden, rustic summer-house, bridge, hermitage, &c.; also a good kitchen garden and piece of rich pasture land; extensive and well-constructed mill, long known as the Sarratt Paper Mills, containing every essential for carrying on a first-rate business, having a powerful and never failing stream, with an abundance of superior washing water, suitable for making the finest paper; together with the valuable machinery, the greater proportion of which has been erected very recently by the best makers upon the most approved principles; also a foreman's cottage, small farm-yard, cow-house, stabling, two gig-houses, labourers' cottages, &c. The whole containing about 6 acres. ...

 

The Standard, 21st June, 1871

 

DEATHS - The Standard, 21st June, 1882 (from London Gazette)

STEVENS - June 18, at Ealing Green, Angelina Margaret Stevens, aged 68 years, youngest daughter of the late John Dodd Stevens, formerly of Sarratt Mill, Herts

Sarratt Mill House

TQ 09 NW SARRATT NEW ROAD (Northwest side) Church End 5/314 Sarratt Mill House II House. Mid to late C18, extended early C19, altered C20. Red brick. Tiled roof. Extended in stock brick with slate roof. 3 bays with 1 bay addition to left. 2 storeys. Front elevation has 2 French windows to stuccoed ground floor screened by a C19 trellised timber verandah with a coved roof. Three first floor glazing bar sashes in reveals with gauged brick flat arched heads, 12 panes flanked by 16 panes. Dentilled brick eaves. Two C19 sashed gabled dormers. Stack to right front and original left end. C19 bay to left has a ground floor tripartite and first floor plain sash, flat arched heads. Boxed eaves. Lower hipped roof. Extruded stack on left return. Entrance in right return. Lower range extends to rear with ground floor lean-to outshuts. Interior not inspected. From 1744 to 1871 Sarratt Mill was producing paper. (W. Branch Johnson Industrial Archaeology of Hertfordshire. 1970).

 

 
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