Highest Quality British Handbound Notebooks, Diaries and Journals

Handmade and crafted to perfection, Stamford Notebooks’ elegant collection of notebooks, diaries and journals epitomise luxury for all stationery lovers, writers, organisers and creative talents.

hand sewing of book block pages

Underpinned by a long-standing reputation for handcrafting the finest and most beautiful products, every piece is created with care at our long established fine printing and bookbinding company in Stamford.

A stunning combination of the finest materials, exquisite paper and complete personalisation means each piece is handcrafted to your individual style making it entirely unique to you.

Available in a palette of over 70 striking colours and rich textures – from the finest woven cloth to luxurious leather – each one is finished to a superior standard for extra durability and maximum protection. A touch of elegant personalisation can be included with your initials embossed on the front cover.

Our Fountain Pen Friendly Paper

Enclosed within your personally selected cover style of choice, is our exceptional, superior paper that is smooth to the touch, off-white and of the highest quality.  Milled in Cumbria, this beautiful, British-made paper has been carefully selected for use with fountain pens and not only guarantees minimal ‘feathering’, but is reasonably opaque and has next-to-no show-through.

Our sketch paper is also made at the same Cumbrian mill - its 'toothy' surface is a winner every time with artists.

Using this fine paper, every book can be produced with your choice of page style including plain, ruled, grid squares, dot grid or sketch, as well as the options for diary pages or replicable inserts.

handwriting on stamford notebook company fountain pen friendly paper

Our Page Styles

All of our Notebooks and Journals are available in the following styles:

Ruled (8mm line spacing)
Grid Squares (5mm squares)
Dot Grid (5mm grid)

Our Refillable Leather Journals

Our refillable journals include our Traveller’s Journal, Burghley Journal and Cahier Cover. These are hand cut and dyed by us in Stamford. We use a Spanish bovine vegetable tanned shoulder which gives a beautiful finish yet remaining sturdy and practical. All journals are supplied complete with a choice of insert book, including ruled, plain, sketch, squares and dot grid. Our Traveller’s Journal is supplied complete with a neat calico bag with leather drawstring (made by us) whilst the Burghley and Cahier Cover is supplied in a beautiful gift box (also made by us!)

refillable leather journals from the stamford notebook company

Our Sizes

This charming range of notebooks and diaries are available in four standard sizes; Octavo Pocket, Quarto Medium, Crown Quarto and Folio Large, with the addition of The Rutland Notebook which is perfectly petite by comparison. 

Octavo Pocket Notebook – 9.2cm wide x 14.4cm high (just smaller than A6) with 176 pages.
Quarto Medium Notebook – 13.7cm wide x 21.5cm high (just smaller than A5) with 120 pages.
Crown Quarto Notebook – 17.2cm wide x 23.9cm high (a little smaller than A4) with 160 pages.
Folio Large Notebook – 19.3cm wide x 30.1cm high (near A4) with 160 pages.
The Rutland Notebook – 9.2cm wide x 14.4cm high with 176 pages

notebooks showing four sizes available - the stamford notebook company

The Traveller’s Journal is available in three sizes:
Pocket - 10.5c x 16cm with two insert books, 60 pages in each.
Medium - 14.5 x 23cm with two insert books, 60 pages in each.
Crown Quarto - 17.5 x 25cm with two insert books, 60 pages each.

The Burghley Journal is available in two sizes:
Pocket – 10.5 x 16cm with one inserted book, 176 page.
Medium – 14.5 x 23cm with one inserted book, 160page.


We supply refills for all of our refillable journals. Again there is a choice of all configurations – ruled, plain, sketch, squares and diary formats.

Our Colours

We are very lucky, as printers and bookbinders, to be able to work with a large range of bookbinding cloths, papers and leathers. As the manufacturers of all of our notebooks and journals we are able offer the widest range of colours and textures from bright, colourful Woven Cloth, hardwearing Library Buckram, tactile Lizard Embossed and Soft Touch coated papers to our exciting ranges of leathers.

Whichever of the over 70 Colours and textures you order, your Stamford Notebook will include an elastic closure and a ribbon page marker. Stamford is discretely embossed on the back of every notebook using original letterpress type. Each one comes packaged in a recyclable card sleeve and tray to make the perfect gift.

Make it personal

All of our Notebooks and Journals can be personalised - from just a couple of letters through to more complex lines of text. See our page on Personalisation 
Every item is discretely embossed on the back with the quality standard of ‘Stamford’, using original letterpress type.  And, as each one is handmade to order, our sizes and colours may vary slightly, delivering a delightfully unique book every time.

Add a Presentation Gift Box

To complete your individual piece of style, there is the choice of a personalised luxury gift boxes to add that perfect finishing touch.

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