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Lottery grant for place where web was invented

The place where the web was invented is to be preserved. I am talking not about the world wide web but the web which revolutionised news in the 19th century. The invention of continuous paper making by the Fourdrinier brothers at Frogmore, near Hemel Hempstead, paved the way for modern newspapers.

The Times yesterday reported the welcome news of a lottery offer of £1 million to preserve the first steam-powered Frogmore paper mill, the birthplace of mechanised papermaking.

That was, of course, the technology that enabled the creation of mass circulation newspapers and magazines that required web printing for speed and volume. Before that sheets of paper had to be fed into the presses.

In many ways it was the mass demand for information which created the need for the invention of the web of paper as it did for the creation of the word wide web. There is more about Frogmore at the papertrail.org.uk.


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