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Frogmore Paper Mill

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of Apsley, Hertfordshire

See also Frogmore Paper Mill and Visitor Centre

Frogmore Mill is thought to have been in existence at the time of the Domesday Book (1086) as a corn mill

Later changed to fulling cloth then to papermaking in 1774.

It was known as Mill No 401 in the excise list.

1803 After experimenting for three years on the Didot design of machine to make paper in a continuous manner, John Gamble and Bryan Donkin installed the machine at Frogmore Mill, Hertfordshire, acquired by the Fourdriniers (Henry and Sealy) as the site for their new paper-making entreprise.

1810 The Fourdriniers went bankrupt.

1818 Like Two Waters Mill, it was bought by the Grand Junction Canal Co

By 1817 it had been leased by William Nash who died in 1824. It was then run by his wife until about 1830.

1851 Burgess and Watt made paper from wood by a chemical process, now known as soda pulp, for a newspaper trial.

1853-1887 Linked to Two Waters Mill including use by John Dickinson and Co.

1890 Sanguinetti started the British Paper Co for recycling which continued until May 2000, when the Apsley Paper Trail charity took on the site to preserve the legacy.

1971 Listed as the British Paper Co.[1]

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Apsley Trust
  • [2] Frogmore Mill