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Frogmore Paper Mill - The Paper Trail

Frogmore Mill Fourdrinier Way | Apsley, Hemel Hempstead HP3 9RY, England
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Excellent tour of a lovely working paper mill.

A really interesting museum. The tour covered both the history and scientific aspects of... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2018
VA1951
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Watford, United Kingdom
Great visit to Working Vintage Paper Mill

Frogmore Paper Mill is a real treat for those who enjoy seeing how fine quality (e.g. art) paper is... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2017
stlamc
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Perth, Australia
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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'.
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Reviewed 21 January 2018

A really interesting museum. The tour covered both the history and scientific aspects of papermaking. Our tour guide's knowledge and enthusiasm made it a really enjoyable experience. We were not hurried through the museum and had lots of time to see the old machinery and...More

2  Thank VA1951
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Reviewed 5 November 2017

Frogmore Paper Mill is a real treat for those who enjoy seeing how fine quality (e.g. art) paper is made and how the industry has evolved over the centuries in the UK and Continental Europe. The old machinery that now sits idle is fascinating. An...More

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

On arrival into Hemel Hempstead, clear brown tourist signs directed us to the Museum, and adjacent excellent value (£1 for 3 hours) public car park, Our pre-booked tour on Sunday 1 October was conducted by Derek Pullen, and was engaging, informative and very well presented....More

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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

We all use paper everyday even in these digital days, as while one vaguely aware it made of trees most people including me only have a vague idea how it is made and this tour shows you how. You get to actually made your paper...More

1  Thank CharlesGraham79
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Reviewed 2 July 2017

We took our teenage daughter for the 13 15 tour. The mill is only open to the general public on the first Sunday of the month. Our guide, Alan, was friendly, knowledgeable and interesting. We learnt a lot about the history of paper making and...More

1  Thank sandran713
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Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

Visited as part of a group. A very interesting and enjoyable tour. Can't believe I never thought about going when the children were younger. Appeals to all ages. Absolutely fascinating. Will have to to go back to buy their glitter paper!

2  Thank PDE_2
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Reviewed 4 June 2017

Excellent, well informed guide who demonstrated the process of making paper before starting the tour. The mill still makes speciality paper and the machine was working during the visit. The large volume machine is no longer in use but it remains in the factory and...More

1  Thank Helen W
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Reviewed 29 April 2017

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...More

3  Thank Colin S
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

We has an excellent visit to Frogmore Paper Mill (the site of the world's first mechanised paper making machine). There was a small, but very interesting, museum where, when on a tour, you are able to make a sheet of paper (and take it home...More

3  Thank Andrew081
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

Excellent well informed guides. Cafe reasonably priced and facilities good. Tour through the factory with old machines some working, others to be restored of interest to all sexes! Museum exhibits showing the history of paper making, the company well displayed. Water mill, recently restored very...More

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I can recommend the Paper Mill pub - I run an MG Club, and we're having our Christmas lunch there. The menu is good, and I'm fairly certain they have a Sunday lunch. Have a look at their website for details. If you go... More
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