Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Our Archives

We've been searching through, and preserving, some of our historical samples and papers. We thought we'd take a few photos to share with you all. Enjoy!







Wednesday, 25 July 2018




MILLFORD BLOCKS – NOW AVAILABLE! Our amazing UK distributors R K Burt & Company Ltd are filtering them to retailers NOW!







Millford Blocks are 100% Cotton, Acid free, and Archival. Currently available in size 310mm x 230mm, (12” x 9”.) Each block contains 20 sheets of CP(NOT), 300gsm paper.

https://www.artsupplies.co.uk/item-millford-140lb-watercolour-paper-block.htm


https://www.rkburt.com/



Thursday, 28 June 2018


David Parfitt RI at St Cuthberts Mill


These three films celebrate the artist, David Parfitt RI, painting en plein air at St Cuthberts Mill in Somerset, UK. This collaboration between The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and St Cuthberts Mill are to promote the competition. Thanks to Steve Gammond for his filming expertise, Parker Harris, The Sunday Times, and of course David Parfitt!







Thursday, 24 May 2018

Filming at St Cuthberts Mill





St Cuthberts Mill are honoured to be involved with The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition again this year.

This week we were filming with Parker Harris, in collaboration with The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, on location at St Cuthberts Mill. We invited the amazing artist David A Parfitt, to learn more about our papermaking processes, and to paint on site. David was also filmed for the launch of The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition during his visit. Cameraman/filmmaker Steve Gammond, along with assistant Russell, were filming and directing. A fabulous, and sweltering hot day, but very exciting. A big thank you to everyone involved. And keep a lookout for the film, which will be coming soon! Here are a few photos from the day!

Cameraman Steve Gammond

Filming artist David Parfitt

Filming by the River Axe

Russell and David

Steve Gammond, David Parfitt, and St Cuthberts Quality Technician, Nicola Dobson

St Cuthberts Catherine Frood and Nicola Dobson, with David Parfitt











Monday, 5 March 2018



Artist Terry Spurgeon


Terry Spurgeon 1993.


Artist Terry Spurgeon is a former employee of St Cuthberts Mill. Terry started at the mill in 1989 as the Chief Engineer, and worked at St Cuthberts for 9 years. He has had a long career in the papermaking industry, even working in Belgium for a period of time.

Terry’s creative career began in 1962 and he worked as a draughtsman for a company called De La Rue, designing printing presses and minting machinery. His work is of an illustrative style, with a clever a sense of humour. He projects this by using pen and ink with watercolour pencils, blending the colours with a wet brush. Terry’s paper of choice is Saunders Waterford HP (Hot Press).

Terry mainly does private commission work, but is exhibiting soon at the A2 Gallery in Wells, Somerset. He will have approximately 30 pieces of work on display, including the commission he completed for St Cuthberts Mill back in 1993. The mill is loaning this amazing illustration for the exhibition, which runs from 29th March to 12th April 2018.

Good luck with the exhibition Terry!




Terry Spurgeon's comedic illustration of St Cuthberts Mill, 1993.







Terry with his illustration 2018.


Thursday, 18 January 2018


Dandy Roll Watermarks



We have a unique collection of Fourdrinier watermarks in our new boardroom. Our current PM2 mould machine was a Fourdrinier machine up until the 1980’s, after this time it was converted into the mould machine it is today. To create watermarks Fourdrinier’s use what are known as Dandy Roll’s, with the watermark presented on each separate roll. The watermarks displayed in our boardroom were all taken from these old Dandy Roll’s. 


'Hang Seng' Bank watermark

The ‘Hang Seng’ Bank watermark would have been used on our previous machine PM1, and on PM2 as a Dandy Roll. Our papermakers couldn’t read Chinese so were unable to figure out which way round the watermark should go. The answer came by visiting a local Chinese takeaway, who were more than helpful in reading which way round the watermark should go!

 We hope you enjoy viewing more of these exceptional watermarks.

*PM1 & PM2 (Paper Machine 1 & 2)*










Monday, 8 January 2018

Creativeworld 2018


St Cuthberts Mill are looking forward to exhibiting on the F.I.L.A. stand at Creativeworld. Creativeworld is the world's largest trade fair for hobby, craft and art supplies, giving a unique platform for manufacturers and businesses to promote their products.

Catherine Frood, Ray Wood, Philip Staple and Kate Taylor will be at the St Cuthberts Mill display area to greet you.

You will find us at Hall 4.1, Stand G51. We look forward to seeing you there!




Old Paper Moulds

Remember the TH Saunders 1855 sample book that has been donated to The Cropper Foundation? Alongside it we also donated a variety of historical paper moulds. Here are a few photos of the moulds for you to enjoy!


(Mark Cropper, CEO of the papermakers, James Cropper PLC at Burnside Mill in Cumbria, is heading this project. The Cropper Foundation is a charitable body that will preserve historical artefacts stemming from the papermaking world.)













Tuesday, 2 January 2018


Happy New Year!



Happy New Year to all our customers! 
Wishing you all the best for 2018!

Monday, 18 December 2017

Happy Christmas!


Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and New year, best wishes from the St Cuthberts Mill team! x 

Christmas Holidays

Please note that St Cuthberts Mill will be closing for the festive period on 
Thursday 21st Dec at 4.45pm. 

We will re-open for business on Tuesday 2nd January at 8.45am! 

Have a wonderful holiday all!




Friday, 24 November 2017

TH Saunders – Paper Manufacture, Sample Book 1855





We are delighted to announce that our historical TH Saunders Sample Book dating back from 1855, will be heading to a museum for future preservation and conservation. The book in question contains a huge variety of intricate watermarks and paper samples. Over time these have become somewhat delicate, making it even more important to save this remarkable piece of papermaking history.



Mark Cropper, CEO of the papermakers, James Cropper PLC at Burnside Mill in Cumbria, is heading this project. The Cropper Foundation is a charitable body that will preserve historical artefacts stemming from the papermaking world. Alongside the TH Saunders book, we will be donating a variety of deckles and moulds for handmade paper, and a selection of woollen felts. Our neighbours at Wookey Hole Caves and Mill will also be donating items .

The following images were taken from inside this incredible book of historic paper samples and watermarks by TH Saunders.