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54 (20) (10) Mill Road, The Wind Mill

History of 54 Mill Road

This the site of the windmill that gave Mill Road its name(CWN 5.8.1982). A wooden mill described as ‘near Parker’s Piece’ was offered on a 40-year lease in an advertisement in the ‘Cambridge Chronicle’ in 1777. It was brought by Charles Humfrey senior, a timber merchant, and rebuilt in brick at a cost of £2,000. It stood on the site for another 50 years until the sails were blown off in a gale in 1840. The only illustration known is on an engraving of a cricket match on Parker’s Piece in 1843. the site of the mill was offered for sale as arable land in 1845.

1861 (10)

William Play, 67, landed proprietor, b Bristol

1871 (10)

William Lofts, 70, college servant, b Babraham

1881 (10)

William Lofts, 80, college servant, b Babraham

1891 (20)

Sarah Lofts, 73, laundress, b Cambridge

1901 (54)

George William Smith, 34, butcher’s manager, b Wellingborough


Eastmans Ltd, butchers and sausage purveyors

H Thorogood, manager

(54a) Eastman Sausage factory


(54) –

(54a) H G Stiles Ltd, bakers



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