Frogmore Paper Mill in Apsley has featured in a new historical novel by an award-winning author.
The novel The Paper Mill Girl written by Glenda Young tells the story of a young 17-year-old girl who works hard at a paper works to help support her family.
When writing the novel Glenda Young visited Frogmore Paper Mill before the pandemic, to conduct research for the novel and it receives special mention on page 269 and a bonus chapter about Glenda’s time there.
Sue Woolnough, education manager at Frogmore Paper Mill said that the team were more than happy to help Glenda with her research.
She said: “Frogmore Paper Mill receives a number of research requests each year, but Glenda was our first novelist.
“We were pleased to be able to help Glenda understand the workings of a peer mill and capture its atmosphere; plus we got a lovely mention in the book.”
Glenda added her gratitude to the team that helped with her research and added that she even had the opportunity to make her own paper.
She said: “I’m indebted to Sue Woolnough and Michael Stanyon, who was the archivist at the mill, for their help and advice. I spent two days at Frogmore researching my novel and the staff were extremely helpful.
“While there, I was even given the chance to make my own sheet of handmade paper. This is something I’ll cherish forever, especially as the cover of The Paper Mill Girl is now imprinted on it and I have it framed in my living room.
“Frogmore Paper Mill is a wonderful place that I’d love to return to once lockdown restrictions are lifted.”
The Paper Mill Girl is due to be released on March 18.
Picture credit Les Mann