A tour round the paper mill


Posted on 26th June 2014 by Ruth Hamilton
Filed under Design Team, Papermill Direct News

2014-06-10 11.20.16

A visit to the Papermill in Burneside, near Kendal is something I have looked forward to for a long time.

I'm seriously fascinated by seeing how things are manufactured - especially things which I use on a daily basis.

2014-06-10 11.47.55

I took so many photos that I couldn't possibly post them all here but I do hope you enjoy the ones I'm sharing today and that you get a little insight into how much care and attention goes into creating the top quality paper and card which is produced at the Paper mill.

2014-06-10 11.06.00

Top quality card and paper has been made in the paper mill since 1845.

2014 06 10 10 53 13 300X225

Dscn9682 300X225

2014-06-10 11.21.32   2014-06-10 10.13.00

Steve ready for the tour of the factory - I'll spare you the sight of David and me with goggles and ear plugs!

2014-06-10 09.13.58

The raw materials at the beginning of the process

2014-06-10 10.13.29

Paper pulp being mixed in huge vats

2014-06-10 10.14.57

The die is added and mixed - a pale shade today

2014-06-10 10.18.17

The early stages of paper - a very hot and steamy part of the factory

2014-06-10 10.20.27

Some of the moisture has been extracted

2014-06-10 10.21.24

Going through huge rollers

2014-06-10 09.24.59

Keeping an eye on things!

2014-06-10 10.27.03

A roll of card - these are MASSIVE!

2014-06-10 09.30.30

Steve and David

2014-06-10 09.34.32

The rolls of card are cut into smaller sizes on this machine...

2014-06-10 10.32.21

...and smaller again on this one.

2014-06-10 10.28.54

Check out my shoes!! That will teach me to turn up for a factory tour wearing sandals.

2014-06-10 10.35.15

This navy paper/card is being embossed with a pattern on this machine.

2014-06-10 10.41.34

What could I not do with all this?!

2014-06-10 10.33.59

2014-06-10 10.34.06

  2014-06-10 10.39.00

Fascinating automatic forklifts..

2014-06-10 10.37.13


..being loaded.

2014-06-10 11.42.03

And eventually we got to meet the lovely Julie. There's something not right about this photo ...yes, you're right! They gave me an XXL Hi Vis vest to match my lovely shoes!

2014-06-10 10.45.49

2014-06-10 10.46.58

2014-06-10 11.44

2014-06-10 09.07.36

For lovers of the beautiful English Lake District - I've added some of the photos which I took of the outside of the mill and the immediate surroundings .

2014-06-10 11.06.00

2014 06 10 11 07 56 300X225

The school

2014-06-10 11.09.10

2014-06-10 11.19.11

2014-06-10 11.50.45

2014-06-10 11.52.12

2014-06-10 11.53.25

2014-06-10 11.56.06

Finally, a great big thanks to Steve for showing us round the mill and to Julie for making it possible (not forgetting the tea!!).

Tagged: papermill tour, paper making

3 thoughts on “A tour round the paper mill”


29th June 2014 at 9:35 am

Wow look at those giant rolls of card / paper. So great to find out more behind the processes of making quality card & paper. Lovely buildings & Mill and what a fabulously picturesque place to be situated. I'm sure 'inspiration' from such a beautiful place is absorbed and shipped with every sheet. :D

Jackie Roberts

27th June 2014 at 2:51 pm

It would be fantastic if we had the shop back at the Papermill. I used to love going overt there to choose my card.


26th June 2014 at 7:02 pm

Hi Ruth! Long time no speak (DD teamie!) you look super well in the photos! What a great tour of the Mill, seems silly we havent seen one sooner really as Im with you, I always like to know about things that are a regular feature of my daily life! Its so good to see the place, the beautiful surroundings and the team, especially Julie, having corresponded several times already, what really super photos Ruth, it was a great tour - Thanks Ruth! Keryn x

Leave A Comment

Please be aware that all comments are moderated to ensure they abide by our Community Rules.