Chafford Mills, Fordcombe

A water-powered paper mill in the historic county of Kent, England.

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This paper mill was built in the 18th century. In 1785 William Slidolph, paper maker of Chafford mill was registered as bankrupt in The European magazine and London review.

The mill was dismantled in the 1930s and the remains buried and further partially demolished in the mid-1990s. It was powered by a 7' 4" water turbine that generated electricty. It also had a 12'x12' iron breastshot waterwheel. (Summarised from Cant Post, Issue 1, 2007).

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Power source Water
Mill type Watermill
River Medway
Mill function Paper mill
Archive ID 8433
Location Fordcombe
Historic county Kent
Country England, United Kingdom
NGR TQ 51796 40490
Latitude/longitude 51.14357500, 0.16866900




  • Cumming, R, 'Chafford Mill, Fordcombe: A large rural paper mill', in Cant Post: The magazine of the Kent Mills Society, Issue 1, Easter 2007, pp.5-7.
  • Derek Stidder, mill researcher


Tony Fenton, August 2017.


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