John Dickinson set up his paper factory in Apsley just outside Hemel Hempstead taking advantage of the rivers Gade and Bulbourne in paper manufacturing and driving machinery.
John Dickinson was the major employer of the area and many can recount it's history at first hand, or with film and photographs. I visited an older part of the JD complex in the early 1980's and it had still retained much of it's character from a century earlier. The extensive rabbit warren of a site was bulldozed and given over to the Kings Lock riverside homes development and Apsley Retail Park. There is an excellent heritage Paper Trail around Frogmore Mill, Apsley, but the original JD group has long gone to other locations throughout the UK and world-wide.
I expect many of the baby-boomer generation remember being made to write to 'Auntie and Uncle' using Lion Brand ruled notepaper, then progressing to Basildon Bond without ruled lines after mastering joined-up writing?!
John Dickinson Stationery was purchased from Dickinson Robinson Group DRG by Hamelin, a major stationery manufacturer based in Caen, France. More recently John Dickinson Stationery was re-branded under Hamelin and the business relocated to a purpose built Head Office and Distribution Centre at Red Lodge in Suffolk. Groupe Hamelin joined with its other brands to form ‘Hamelin Brands’ and still produces stationery under the name John Dickinson. Basildon Bond is also available so it is not too late to write that letter to auntie and uncle!