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Frogmore Paper Mill - The Paper Trail

Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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About Frogmore Paper Mill - The Paper Trail
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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Amanda S wrote a review Nov 2021
Winsford, United Kingdom485 contributions93 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Julesy103 wrote a review Nov 2021
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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.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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h748 wrote a review Nov 2021
London, United Kingdom2 contributions
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.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Polistes wrote a review Oct 2021
Greater London, United Kingdom2 contributions
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.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Chris H wrote a review Sept 2021
London, United Kingdom8 contributions
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Fantastic place to visit knowledgeable friendly staff really interesting day out worth the money Narrow boat ride beautiful , well done
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Date of experience: September 2021
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