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Arborfield Paper Mill, Helpston (1929)

A view towards the railway crossing in Helpston and showing the Arborfield paper mill on the left.

The Mill’s name appears to be derived from a paper mill at Arborfield near Reading, Berks which was run by the Towgood family before it was destroyed by fire. Alfred Towgood was based at St Neots when he purchased the struggling paper mill in Helpston in the 1860s and by the 1890s the mill was employing 46 local villagers.

The mill used a series of on-site bore-holes for its water supplies and continues today as Budget Paper Supplies Ltd (2021).