This month’s picture shows the 1982 demolition of the Croxley Paper Mill, a building that had once been the heart of the village’s industry.
The mill was the third owned by famed paper-printing magnate John Dickinson, famous for his company’s success after patenting his own design for a machine capable of continuous manufacturing of paper in 1809.
Having already had major success with his well-known mills in Apsley (which still stands as museum dedicated to the history of papermaking) and Nash Mills in Hemel Hempstead, the desire for expansion grew, with him constructing a third mill in Croxley between 1828 and 1830.
The mill would remain an important aspect of the village for more than 150 years, with a lot of changes taking place behind the scenes. It finally closed its doors in 1980 following a decade of economic turbulence, before being demolished in 1982.
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