Idle Women and the Grand Union Canal

18 October 2024

The story of the waterways and the Land Girls who worked them in wartime.

Most have heard of the Land Girls who stepped in to work on farms during World War 2; lesser known are the Idle Women who were trained to operate the narrowboats. This is their story, that of working the boats of the Grand Union Canal.

The ticket price includes a tea or coffee and fish and chip supper.

This presentation will take place at The Cottage, Apsley Mill, Stationers Place, Apsley HP3 9RL. NOT FROGMORE MILL. Please be aware that there is one flight of stairs and no lift, to the Tudor Room.

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Frogmore Paper Mill

Apsley Paper Trail, Frogmore Mill, Fourdrinier Way, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP3 9RY
01442 234600

Temporarily Closed

Opening times

The Visitor Centre will be reopening Summer 2024 - Much restoration work is happening behind the scenes as they recover from a devastating fire.
Paper is still in production and available for sale!

Exclusions and safety measures

WE ARE CLOSED FOR TOURS DUE TO A LARGE FIRE AT OUR PREMISES! But we are still offering boat trips, Storyboats and outside events, such as our Street Food Markets and Craft Fairs.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused. We will be back and operational as soon as we possibly can. Please sign up to our Newsletter (bottom of home page), and folow our social media for updates.

Our estimate for reopening with a temporary visitor centre is Spring 2023, while an all new permanent space is constructed.


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