Laverstoke Mill Hampshire

Laverstoke Mill Hampshire

Laverstoke Mill Hampshire

One of the first papermakers was the firm started by a Huguenot, Henri de Portal, in 1712 at Bere Mill and in 1718 at Laverstoke Mill both on the river Test near Overton in Hampshire and carried on by his son Joseph Portal who bought Laverstoke Manor. They produced paper for Bank of England notes from 1724. They also invented the metallic thread incorporated into the paper.

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In February 2012, Bombay Sapphire acquired planning permission for the multi-million pound restoration of Laverstoke Mill, which once housed England’s most significant paper-making facility. As a site historically renowned for the highest levels of quality and craftsmanship, it carried a natural synergy with the values of the Bombay Sapphire brand, so was selected to once again open its doors to public wanting to discover more about the iconic spirit.