Robert BAGE, paper maker, of Elford (see below), and George Webb, paper maker, of Ridware, insured their utensils and stock
in their water mill at Shugborough and in their drying house near. Only one reference to Robert BAGE at this mill has been
found. The paper mill was in the hands of George Webb after 1800.
Circa 1751 Robert
BAGE (the famous novelist, born 29 th Feb. 1728) settled at Elford and conducted (constructed or ran?) a paper mill.
In 1790 Robert
BAGE, miller, of Elford, insured the paper and corn mill.
In 1793 he was
described as a paper maker, of Elford. It is possible that the Elford Paper Mill was in his hands until just after 1800. He
died 1st Sept 1801 at Tamworth.
He had three
sons, Charles, Edward and John.