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The Jolly Millers, Newnham Road c.1890 (MoC406/56)

31 Newnham Road, The (Three) Jolly Millers

History of 31 Newnham Road

The Jolly Millers stands on the site of the Newnham miller’s house. It is recorded that on 5th August 1564, Queen Elizabeth arrived from spending the night in Haslingfield at the house of one of her gentleman pensioners, at the mill. An eye witness account said, ‘And there being requested to change her horse, she alighted and went into the miller’s yard and house for a short space.’ On emerging she mounted the fresh horse, and the Mayor still ‘riding with the Mace before her Majestie’, rode into Cambridge. (A House By The River, M E Keynes)

1830 Wm. Bennison (Pigot’s Directory)

1839 William Bennison (Pigot’s)

1851 Susan Bennison (Gardner’s)

1852 William Bennison (Slaters)

1869 James Musk (Post Office Directory)

1879 Edward Musk (Kellys)


Edward Musk, wheelwright, 35, b Cambridge
Sarah A, 35, b Bourne
Henry J, 9, b Cambridge
Edd John, 8,  b Cambridge
Catherine Edith, 7, b Cambridge
Caroline L , 6 months, b Cambridge

1883 Edward Musk (Kellys)

1888 Edward Musk (Kellys)

1892 Edward Musk (Kellys)

1896 Edward Musk (Kellys)

Newnham Mill Pool,c1900. Jolly Millers, left, brewery late The Malting House on right. Mott’s cows are fording the river.


The pub was demolished and replaced by another in mock Tudor style.

1904 Edward Musk (Kellys)

1913 Edward Musk (Spalding)

1916 Mrs S A Musk (Kellys)

Newnham Mill and Jolly Millers, 1970 (MoC99a/71)


Jolly Millers

In the 1960s Peter and Hazel Cofield took on the management of the Jolly Millers from Peter’s parents.


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