It has been a challenging week for everyone at Frogmore Paper Mill following the fire on our site last weekend.
Our staff and volunteers have been hard at work assessing the damage and working to salvage our collection. Unfortunately, the area most affected was our gallery and exhibition area, meaning a significant amount of irreplaceable historical artefacts have been lost.
Our efforts began on the night of the fire when fire crews guided staff in the removal of the most significant objects firefighters could safely reach, including the original 1624 bill of sale from Nash Mills. This has now been sent to be professionally assessed and restored, if possible. We’re continuing to salvage items from the building, where it is safe to do so. Unfortunately, it is likely that our visitor centre is damaged beyond repair.
We’d like to again thank Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue for their extraordinary efforts in bringing the fire under control. Without their quick response, the fire may have spread further through the site. We’d also like to thank Hertfordshire Constabulary for their support and work to investigate the cause of the fire.
Over the coming weeks and months we’ll be providing further updates on the work we’ll be carrying out. We remain committed to preserving the history of paper making in Apsley and the Gade Valley.
Thank you for the support and well wishes we’ve received from our friends and the local community. We will be sharing details about how you can support us as we rebuild.
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