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Report - Colthrop Paper Mill in Thatcham, Berkshire, 11/2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by kkj, Nov 25, 2015.

  1. kkj

    kkj 28DL Regular User
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    Visited this place on a wet and windy night with CarCarzy. Although the main building was not very large we found it pretty interesting. The place has suffered from the neglect over the years as you can see in the photos.

    Bit of history borrowed from PCWOX

    The earliest records of Colthrop Mill are held today at Winchester College, which owned the 'manor' (estate) of Colthrop in the fifteenth century.
    In 1956 the Reed Paper Group Limited took over the whole Colthrop site. Paper sack manufacture had been started at Colthrop in 1927. In 1930 this operation had been transferred to Aylesford and sold to Albert.E.Reed and Company in 1932. Then in 1950 the Reed Company took a financial interest in the Colthrop site, subsequently taking over completely. In May 1955, work was started on a new building, (the North Board Mill), and completed in May, 1958, at a cost of £5 million. The two paper-making machines were later shut down, one in 1966 and the other in 1971, so that paper-making effectively ceased at Colthrop from the latter date.

    Cheers for looking.

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  2. Speed

    Speed Got Epic?
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    Looks like there's a few interesting bits left
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