Riverside Paper Mill aka London (Dartford)

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18th March 2017 at 17:12 #659

Ian Holliday

I recall visiting this mill when I worked at Imperial Paper Mills, it was part of Reed Paper and Board – not to be confused with the nearby Wiggins Teape Dartford mill. Does anybody remember the address which I think was  Dartford Kent. All I recall is a rope drive to a single cylinder steam engine, so you can tell I was in the basement doing an effluent project. There is a Flikr photo of the wharf at https://www.flickr.com/photos/l2f1/6563785413

22nd March 2017 at 10:55 #671

Chris Bennett

Thanks for your input. I have had real difficulty with being certain about the mills of Dartford / Northfleet and would welcome some definitive input.

London Paper Mill was the holding company, the mill was called Riverside Mill.

Kent County has it as previously Phoenix papermill (http://webapps.kent.gov.uk/KCC.ExploringKentsPast.Web.Sites.Public/SingleResult.aspx?uid=%27mke40261%27) and being the first to use wood pulp.
However, (http://kenttodayandyesterday.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/dartford-creek-in-old-pictures.html ) and several other sources has Pheonix taken over by Bouroughs Wellcome (prob 1889) and it is probable that Northfleet Paper Mill (under Ekman) was the first to use wood pulp.
I think Riverside Mill shut in 1968 which is why I did not include it before.
Here is the information I have on it:


Mill Riverside Paper Mills
Address Chapel Lane, Dartford, Kent,
Nat Grid Location TQ 544745
Companies London Paper Mills Ltd, Reed Paper & Board Ltd.
English Mill Excise No 90
Status Shut before 1970
Est. Papermaking Start Date 1889
Date Closed 1968
Link1 archive.historicengland.org.uk
Link2 http://www.gracesguide.co.uk
Link3 edithsstreets.blogspot.co.uk
Link4 Phillips’ Paper Trade Directory of the World 1923 p33
Britain from Above http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk


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