Paper Mills


In the play of "Henry VI," Part 2 , Jack Cade, speaking to Lord Saye, says : "thou hast built a paper mill."
This would appear to refer to the first great paper mill erected in 1588 by Lord Saye and Sele near Banbury, still known as North Newton Mill, and which up to recent times was still owned by the late Lord Saye and Sele.
Bacon required a tremendous quantity of paper for the various books which he brought out, and it seems more than likely that it was the mind of Bacon which inspired the enterprise of erecting this great paper mill, because he says that all mechanical arts should be sought out and thoroughly inspected, and then goes on to speak of the mysteries of the art of paper making, showing that he had an intimate knowlege of this art.

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