The world’s longest letter

A few months ago, we received the following information about a writing on paper related world record:

“Hundreds of children from schools in Cumbria, UK are coming together to write the world’s longest letter during National Stationery Week 2015. Writing messages on continuous rolls of paper supplied by James Cropper Paper, the letter will measure a huge 4800 metres long.


For anyone that has opened a telephone bill or bank statement and wondered if it would ever end, they haven’t seen anything on the scale of the letter being written right now in the north of England. School children in Kendal, Cumbria – nestling in the picturesque Lake District – have come together to write what will be the longest letter ever written.


Initiated by local business and internationally renowned luxury paper manufacturer, James Cropper Paper, hundreds of children have set about writing the letter as National Stationery Week (27 April – 3 May) gets underway, on the eve of World Stationery Day (29 April). Each child will be writing a short message about what they love about their home in the Lake District, supporting the National Park’s bid for UNESCO World Heritage status.

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To begin the attempt, children gathered at Castle Park Primary School, Kendal – one of nine schools taking part – to write themselves into the history books.

Helen Richardson, Head Teacher at Castle Park Primary School, said: “It will be a real challenge to fill such a huge piece of paper, but it shouldn’t be too difficult to inspire the children to write about what they love about the natural beauty that’s on their doorstep. Everyone is very proud to be involved. We won’t be marking their work on this occasion, but will keep a watchful eye over spelling as they go along.”

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National Stationery Week has taken place every year for the past three years as a way of reminding people about the value of writing by hand and the remaining manufacturers of high quality materials for correspondence. James Cropper has supplied reels of its high quality Ambassador range for the challenge, a product usually reserved for the printing of corporate stationery and VIP invitations.

Tim Tidman, Product Manager at James Cropper said: “It’s all too rare to get a handwritten letter these days, so why not take it to the extreme and remind everyone of that simple pleasure? Having so many children living close to our mill be involved in this project is fantastic and it’s even more special that their words will go towards the Lakes’ bid for UNESCO World Heritage status. It’s been our home for almost two centuries and it still inspires our environmentally friendly, stationery papers.”

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Once written on and signed by children and teachers, the eight reels of paper that make up the letter will be brought together and displayed at Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre in Windermere, before being handed to the UNESCO bid team in 2016.”

And a few days ago, after our collaboration, we received the facts, and we can tell you by now:

Official World Record registers the world’s longest letter.

From the Longest Letter to the Smallest Fell!

Children from schools across South Lakeland are celebrating their attempt to write the World’s Longest Letter rolls in at a whopping 290 metres in length – as high as the smallest Wainwright fell, Castle Crag!

The children are confident it has earned a place as the longest letter ever written in the UK, and Official World Record certifies this and also for the whole world.

Pupils from eight schools in the Kendal area wrote the longest letter to the Lake District’s World Heritage bid team, to help them show the UNESCO judging panel why the national park is so special to them. The result is a giant reel of heartfelt messages expressing their love for the beautiful place they call home.


Excerpts from the letter include:

“I love the Lake District because it is a stunning place to live, with hundreds of things to do, from hiking to canoeing and rock climbing. If you plan on coming to the Lake District, make sure you pack your wellies!”

“I love the fact that no matter where you are in the Lake District, if you go to a café you’re almost guaranteed good homemade food.”

The project was led by paper manufacturer James Cropper and the Lake District National Park. Following its tour round of schools earlier this year, the letter was then displayed at Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre, throughout the summer where visitors were invited to take part and make the letter even longer.

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Tim Tidman, product manager at James Cropper Paper, said: “It’s all too rare to get a handwritten letter these days, and we thought it would be wonderful to get our local community involved in taking this to the extreme to write the Longest Letter. It is fantastic that the words and sentiments of so many children living close to our mill will go towards the Lakes’ bid for UNESCO World Heritage status. It’s been our home for almost two centuries and it still inspires our environmentally friendly papers.”

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Peter Hensman, chair of the Lake District National Park Partnership’s Business Task Force, received the longest letter on behalf of the group of 25 organisations responsible for the Lake District’s bid for World Heritage status in 2016.

Pupils at eight schools from the Kendal area included: Queen Katherine School, Castle Park School, Vicarage Park, Stramongate Primary School, Ghyllside Primary School, Grayrigg Primary School, St Oswald’s Primary School and St Thomas’ Primary School.
Photo shows:
Tim Tidman of James Cropper (far left) and school children present their ‘Longest Letter’ record attempt to Peter Hensman on behalf of the Lake District World Heritage bid team, at Brockhole the Lake District Visitor Centre, Windermere, yesterday (21 Oct 2015). Children are from Queen Katherine School, Vicarage Park Primary and Grayrigg Primary School.

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See the video on YouTube!
1. More information on Lake District World Heritage bid is here:
2. More information about the National Park and the Authority’s work on our website
3. The Lake District is one of 15 National Parks. The others are: Brecon Beacons, the Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Loch Lomond and Trossachs, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia, the Yorkshire Dales, the Broads, the New Forest and the South Downs.
4. For further details please contact Sarah Calderbank, PR and Social Content Editor on 01539 792683.
5. More information on James Cropper is here:
6. James Cropper is based in the Lake District, England’s first and foremost National Park, with a paper-making heritage that started in 1845. Since its inception the business has been carefully stewarded and nurtured by six generations of the Cropper family.
7. Today James Cropper is renowned globally for its luxury packaging papers, which accompany many of the world’s most exclusive brands, while the world’s leading artists, galleries and museums use its framing and archival boards alongside its range of conventional artists materials.
8. As well as paper products, James Cropper also manufactures nonwovens from carbon, glass and polymer fibres, which play a key part in production of composites in the automotive, energy and aerospace sectors.
9. For further details about James Cropper please contact Julie Tomlinson

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By |2016-12-17T10:11:28+01:00November 3rd, 2015|Amazing Feats, Arts, Biggest, Children, Extraordinary, Mass participation, Personas, Records, Size|1 Comment

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