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The Lost Mills: A History of Papermaking in County Durham
Jean V. Stirk
University of Sunderland Press in association with Durham County Local History Society (2006)
1 873757 85 9
15 x 21 x 1cm
For at least a century and a half papermaking formed a significant part of the economy of County Durham, yet its existence has been largely ignored by industrial historians. The Lost Mills A History of Papermaking in County Durham is the definitive study of all the known mills in the county from the first recorded example in the 1670s to the closure of the largest mill in the north of England in 1980.
With painstaking research using frequently fragmentary records, Jean Stirk has pieced together the individual histories of 45 paper mills and set them in the context of both the changes in the regional economy and the wider history of the development of the papermaking industry in England. This is a pioneering study destined to put a long neglected industry back on the historical map of the county.