Fábrica de Papel em Serpins

Built: 1868

Abandoned: 1986

Visited: 2016

Boque, Portugal

This is Fábrica de Papel em Serpins. The first paper factory in this little Portugese village was built in 1804. The Boque Paper Factory was founded in the year 1861 by José Joaquim de Paula, an industrialist who, in 1821, founded the Paper Mill of Góis in Ponte do Sótão. The factory was opened in 1868, it had the first machine to produce continuous paper in Portugal at the time. Not much later, in 1870, the factory was sold to Viúva Macieira e Filhos and named ‘Fábrica de Papel em Serpins’. Throughout the 20th century, access to the industrial complex was improved, by the construction of the railway between Coimbra and Lousã, to Serpins in 1930, and the construction of a bridge over river Ceira, a few meters to the east of the buildings.


The Paper Factory stopped production in the 1980s and was definitively closed in January 1986. The factory building housed machinery of enormous interest for industrial archeology. During my visit the original machinery was still there, untouched for more than 30 years. A huge forrest fire destroyed everything in 2017.

Photos Fábrica de Papel em Serpins

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