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PAPER PAST: Apsley paper mill announces exciting series of history talks

 Published on: 15th February 2024   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Ahead of its grand reopening later this year, Frogmore Paper Mill in Apsley has announced a number of talks on the history of the local area.

The talks will be hosted by Michael Stanyon, the mill’s honorary lead archivist, and will be held in the Tudor Room at The Cottage, located off London Road in Apsley, from 7pm to 9.30pm.

The first is titled The Lion Goes to War, based on Michael’s book regarding the workers who went to war throughout the mill’s centuries-long history. This will take place on Friday, April 26.

The second talk will take place on Friday, May 24, and is titled Riot and Insurrection in Hertfordshire, with Michael taking a look at historical instances of uprising and lawlessness in the county.

The third talk, taking place on Friday, June 14, is titled The Basildon Bond Story, and tells the tale of one of the mill’s most iconic paper brands.

The fourth talk is titled The Arrival of the Railways in West Herts and details the history of train transport in the region. This will take place on Friday, September 6.

There will also be special guest speakers and a serving of tea and coffee at each talk.

The events come as the mill prepares to reopen to visitors later this year, following a devastating fire in 2022 that destroyed the visitor centre and numerous artefacts.

Tickets for the talks will be available soon. To find out more, please contact the mill via email at

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1 Comment

  1. Miss christine Farr February 15th, 2024, 9:40 pm

    I use to work at the paper mill in John dickinson 6 weeks short of 37 years on London Road and belswains on the 75hr shift before I at to retire

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