Frogmore Papermill Museum -
Trouble on way t'mill
Southern Section diary
Southern Section diary
Still trying to perfect the art of GPX file creation for the sat nav, I had produced the perfect route from Newlands Corner to the Frogmore Papermill museum, avoiding town centres and motorways. The secondary objective was to avoid the waypoints that Garmin so likes to rigidly impose on its directions. The route started well until a minor misdemeanour resulted in a recalculation by the sat nav and corrupted the whole route to the underlying parameters of the Garmin. An hour was suddenly cut out of the schedule, diverting us to the M25.
Our party of 5 riders pulled overnfor Mr Garmin to be rescheduled to a conventional route of curvy roads and avoiding motorways. The final journey was, give or take, fairly smooth, taking us through Egham, Windsor, and Amersham, enroute to Hemel Hempstead. The museum itself was tricky to find having had the land around it having been reassigned to housing development.
Frogmore Mill was one of several located in this valley to the North of M25, all but the one having been suffered the fate of closure with the shifting dynamics of global markets. The museum is run by volunteers with the tour starting with a demonstration the principles of handmade paper-making.
The 'newer' machine, built in 1902 and still in production
The Apsley Paper Trail, as it is known, has been extended to include everything from paper making, through traditional letterpress printing, to bookbinding, offering a basic tour through to workshops educating visitors to the practical elements of each craft.
The 5 of us all enjoyed the guided tour taking in the various production lines. The mills themselves comprised of one from 1895 and a smaller model from1902, currently still in use for small batch production of specialised papers. The mill was originally water powered but converted to electricity during the last century. The watermill was still operational until 2014 when, following flood conditions, the original wheel was destroyed. A new wheel was installed at the beginning of this year but still awaiting a decision of what to use the power for.
The Frogmore Mill was a fascinating tour, taking over 2 hours and still needing more time to take in the static exhibits.
Having avoided the rain on the outward journey, we finally arrived home, travelling motorway all the way, slightly damp. Thanks to everyone who joined us making this a fun day out.
Dave getting hands-on experience of papermaking
An attentive audience
The 1895 Machine - too large for current production runs