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119 and 121 Mill Road

121 (46) Mill Road, The Limes

History of 121 Mill Road

Royal Commission Survey of Cambridge 1959 dated 1846 on a stone panel in the S gable end. It is of some interest as an early example of the lofty, irregularly-planned house of indeterminate Gothic inspiration that was soon to appear in great numbers suburban development in most parts of the country.

Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society, vol CIX for 2020

Cambridge, Mill Road Depot, OS grid ref: TL4641 5794 (Pre-Construct Archaeology Report 13884)

Archaeological evaluation revealed a series of late 19th and early 20th century walls, including a coal cellar and possible fire place.  Historic mapping confirms that these are parts of the remains of ‘The Limes’, a villa built in the mid 19th century for the Headly brothers who owned the Eagle Foundry in the northern part of the site.  The villa was demolished in the early 1960s.

Census and Street Directories

1861 (46)

James Headley, 47, civil engineer empl. 34 and 4 boys, b Cambridge

1871 The Limes

James Headley, engineer manager of coprolite, b Cambridge

1881 The Limes

James Headley, engineer and merchant, 67, b Cambridge

1891 The Limes

Algernon H Lyon, 36, solicitor, b Cambridge


Henry A G Sherlock, District Engineer GER, b Worcester


H A G Sherlock


121 Mill Road – 1915 inscription


(121b) The Cambridge Artificial Stone Company

(121a) A J Nunn, builders



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