Frogmore Paper Mill - The Paper Trail

Frogmore Paper Mill - The Paper Trail

Frogmore Paper Mill - The Paper Trail
4.5
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Frogmore Paper Mill is the world's oldest mechanised paper mill ... the birthplace of paper's industrial revolution. Operated by Apsley Paper Trail, a dedicated conservation and education charity, it is still a working paper mill but the emphasis is now firmly on providing a fascinating (and different) visitor experience. Our paper machines are both well over 100 years old and much of the mill is exactly as it was at the end of the 19th century, while Victoria was still on the throne. On your visit, you will be escorted around the mill by one of our volunteer guides. They will show you the machinery and explain all about the processes and the power sources that have a role in the thousand years of industrial heritage that Frogmore has witnessed. You'll find out all about the curious history of paper and papermaking as well as seeing how handmade paper is made and even have the chance to make a handmade sheet of your own. You will also learn about letterpress printing, its history and its practise and can ponder the huge impact that paper and print have had on the world that we live in today. If you are looking for a visit that offers something different from the usual fare but is still active and intriguing, then we can promise you that you will find a visit to Frogmore Paper Mill, anything but 'run of the mill'.
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England

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Astrobadger
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
A fascinating overview of the development of industrial paper-making and the huge significance of this quiet, unassuming location in the paper industry.
Andy was a great tour guide, giving a demonstration of how paper is made and talking through the history and workings of this mill.
Check the website for opening hours as they are limited, and admission is a touch on the pricey side - but they do need to generate income so it's all for a good cause. They sell beautiful paper and also excellent beer from the brewery that is located on the site, I highly recommend a visit.
Written September 5, 2021
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Donna A
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Interesting visit with knowledgeable and friendly staff. Alan was an excellent tour guide and we learnt a lot about the history and current processes of making paper. The paper making equipment, machinery and water mill at the museum were authentic and hugely impressive. I loved the papier-mâché sculptures displayed throughout and I bought some paper with speckles of gold and silver leaf! There was a small gift shop and cafe for a welcome tea or coffee after the tour. My sister enjoyed browsing through the selection of books for sale in the cafe area at knockdown prices. A nearby car park made visiting the museum easy.
Written August 12, 2021
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Philsexpirence
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
We went on a open day when local people had stalls with arts and crafts and food . The brewery in the mill produces some very nice beer .
We had a tour ofthemillboth historic and operational .found it intresting and would reccomend it .
Written March 8, 2020
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Julesy103
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
We booked in for a tour with a group of 3-5 year olds. The tour was pitched at adult level and the children were really bored. They were told not to touch anything and to keep up and listen...not appropriate at all. Some adults were in our group and I felt sorry for them as they were understandably getting a bit fed up of waiting for the children. The little ones wanted to have a go on the typewriters, they were rushed along with this and there was no ink on the ribbon, so it didn't even work. The attitude was very much that children should be seen and not heard at this museum. Even the lady on the front desk came through and was irritable with us telling us to keep up! Not a friendly place.
Written November 25, 2021
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h748
London, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We didn't visit the paper mill as such - we hired their canal boat privately for half a day! (You can also join a public group for £3.50 each for 25 mins round trip.) Thanks to skipper Alex and volunteer helper Andy, my family and I had a wonderful time and I thoroughly recommend it. We could bring our own drinks and food - glasses and plates were provided free of charge, as well as coffee and tea. Some of us had a go at the locks, but there is no obligation with Alex and Andy in charge. It was very relaxing and peaceful, cruising the Grand Union Canal and very reasonably priced compared to other boat trips I'd looked it. 10 minute walk from Apsley station.
Written November 2, 2021
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Amanda S
Winsford, UK609 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I don't usually leave reviews so long after visiting but life got in the way & I wished to express how great this place is.
We booked a tour for our 1st Wedding Anniversary and we were warmly greeted along with a couple of glasses of fizz. We had a personal tour of the factory by Sue and was amazed to learn the processes involved in making paper and that this was the first mechanised paper mill. It was truly fascinating & Sue was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
We then had the opportunity to make our own paper. This was good fun although I wouldn't want to have to do it as a living!
This is a must visit place to learn about paper making and needs to be preserved. It would be great to see the other machines in working order so that more paper can be produced.
Written November 30, 2021
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Polistes
Greater London, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Not only is this papermill a world first and a precious part of Britain's industrial revolution heritage, but you can visit it, and they still make paper in it. The guide was excellent and the tour was all the better for being longer than I had been led to expect. It was easily accessible by train to Apsley plus a few minutes walk.
Written October 21, 2021
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Angela W
Hemel Hempstead, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Went to the craft event last week with my grandaughter, was well planned and loads of materials to use. Staff were really helpful
and friendly, managed a boat trip too.
Been coming to events for years, amazing place and well worth supporting
Written August 23, 2021
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Eddie M
St. Albans, UK738 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
What a pleasant and educational way to spend a few hours on a Sunday. The tour was run by a nice lady called Fran, who showed how paper was made and chatted away to our small group. Make sure you wear warm clothes as the factory can be cold and sturdy footwear. There's not much parking on-site, however there is a car park just round the corner.
Written November 2, 2014
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Colin S
Home Counties UK280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Friends
Frogmore Paper Mill is the world’s oldest mechanised paper mill – the birthplace of paper’s industrial revolution no less. Today it is still a working paper mill producing around 100 tonnes of specialist grade paper every year on historic paper machines. The Apsley Paper Trail charity operates the site in order to conserve its unique history for the benefit of the public and future generations.

Paul split, the General Manager, split our club group into two groups, the first enjoying a barge trip along the canal which powered the Mill and eventually will do so again. The second were able to start the guided tour with member of staff Gary straight away.

This unusual 'museum' also provides a wonderful learning resource for school pupils, university students and many more who need to study the history of paper making. Thus some travel from all over the world to do so. Graphic boards illustrate the reasonably simple process in an entertaining way for all be they scholar, apprentice engineer or plain visitor.
Every aspect is covered from the history of type-setting to working examples of the paper making machines themselves.

John Dickinson - "call me Bond, Basildon Bond....." began working here way back in 1804. A clever engineer who was to introduce many innovations to make the process better all round. Tableaux record interesting Time Lines as you are guided around. One I found particularly interesting was a replica of the poster issued by the Board of Directors to all Staff in 1916 for the outbreak of WW1. This rather delicately explained that whilst the company wished to support the brand new War effort, and would assist men to enlist, it reminded all that their first priority should be the continuance of the Company and that essential staff should therefore remain. It then outlined salary adjustments for those that were to leave and guaranteed them that their jobs would remain open.

A beautiful Fire Engine - recently to be seen at Goodwood - is proudly displayed and is surely in Concours d'Elegance condition. There is much to see and all too quickly a few hours had passed and it was time for us to thank Paul and move to the Paper Mill Pub for lunch - a short walk along the canal bank. Needless to say, using a pleasant pub was a time honoured way to round off our Drive It Day, but most didn't head home until around 4p.m. Brilliant day out and highly recommended to all.
Written April 28, 2017
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