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Retired Members Group Visit to Frogmore Paper Mill
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An excellent exhibition telling the history of paper making in the area and a model of the original machine is on display. In addition specialist papers continue to be made by hand and on a smaller paper making machine. This visit is being run jointly with MKHA.

07/05/2019
When: Tuesday, 7th May 2019
11.00 am
Where: Frogmore Paper Mill
Fourdrinier Way
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire  HP3 9RY
United Kingdom
Contact: Charmaine Bourton
020 8395 9209


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Frogmore Paper Mill

The RMG visit to Frogmore Paper Mill will take place on Tuesday,7th May 2019 at 11.00 am.

This visit is being run jointly with Milton Keynes Heritage Association.

Cost: £9.00 (£7.50 + VAT)

Frogmore Mill, was a corn mill dating back to the Middle Ages. Despite the long history of the site it was not until the end of the eighteenth century that it was finally converted to paper-making.  Shortly afterwards two brothers named Fourdinier leased the site which was especially convenient as it was near the Grand Junction Canal enabling easy transport of both raw materials and finished products.

The world’s first mechanised paper machine was conceived in France by Nicholas Louis Robert an employee of a paper mill owner Monsieur Leger Didot., The first paper making machine in Britain was installed at Frogmore Mill in 1804.

By 1890 the mill was in the hands of The British Paper Company Limited which made paper from recycled waste paper. Despite its grand name the company only ever operated from Frogmore Mill.

A paper making machine powered by a reciprocating steam engine originally built in 1895 remains in the mill.  While modifications and improvements were made over the years, many original parts survive.  The machine only ceased production in 2009.

See www.thepapertrail.org.uk.

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