Paper Pioneers


Paper Pioneers by Joan and Roger Hands. Edited by Denis Miles.

This book explores the story of paper over the last 6,000 years, from the Egyptian and Chinese processes to the mechanised, international industry of today. The first commercial papermaking machines were set up at Frogmore and Two Waters Mills, near Hemel Hempstead. The lives of the early pioneers, including Henry Fourdrinier, Bryan Donkin, John Dickinson and John Evans, are told in some detail, as well as the social history of the paper mills in the Gade Valley area. The story culminates in the recently opened Paper Trail Visitor Centre at Frogmore Mill - the birthplace of paper's industrial revolution.

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