A major incident occurred at Stowford Paper Mill on 5 May 1914. A fire which started in the rag loft, located on the upper floors of the main building, soon took hold of the entire structure.
Many local people along with mill workers gathered outside to watch the spectacle as smoke billowed high into the air. The fire proved to be devastating, curtailing paper production until the building was repaired. The whole event was recorded in substantial detail in the local news paper the following day.