John Dickinson

John Dickinson was the great 'entrepreneur' of the Paper Valley building a highly successful international buisness empire and acquiring over 20 patents during his lifetime. Read more

Sir Arthur Evans

He was the eldest son of Sir John Evans but was not prepared to enter the business instead pursuing a remarkable career as an archaeologist. Arthur became Curator of The Ashmolean Museum following a period of imprisonment in the Balkans for insurrection. Read more

Sir John Evans

John Evans was the son of a clergyman schoolmaster who was all set for an academic career and about to enter Brasenose College when he was abruptly sent to work for his uncle John Dickinson, who promptly put him out to lodgings. He soon proved capable for everything he was asked to undertake. Having thoroughly learned the business he developed some of the earliest machines for making envelopes which had previously been hand folded. Read more

Lewis Evans

The second son of John Evans and a great-nephew of John Dickinson, Lewis had mathematical and scientific interests which ideally suited him to a career in the paper industry. He became a partner in 1881, then a General Manager in 1889 and later Chairman. During his period in the company the expansion and modernisation continued apace and included replacing the waterwheels with water turbines and introducing a railway link into the Croxley works. Read more

The Fourdriniers

The Fourdriniers commissioned Bryan Donkin to develop Robert’s model and the world’s very first continuous paper-making machine was installed at Frogmore Mill in 1803. A second, much improved and larger machine was also installed at Frogmore the following year followed by a further machine at Two Waters Mill, a few hundred yards upstream. Read more

Bryan Donkin

In 1802 Henry and Sealy Fourdrinier appointed John Hall of Dartford to construct a working machine based on Robert's drawings and his working model. Using his brother-in-law Bryan Donkin the project made rapid progress and the first improved working machine was installed at Frogmore Mill in 1803. Donkin continued to improve the machine and a second version was installed at Two Waters Mill in 1805. Read more