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Newnham Mill Pond, before 1902 (photo Harold Smith)(Cambridgeshire Collection)

Newnham Mill

History of Newnham Mill

Listed Building:

Early/Mid C19. Grey gault brick. Old watermill, but converted to factory use for many years. L-shaped, with a later rear wing. 3 storeys, 3 windows, sashes with glazing bars. Weatherboarded sack hoist in west gable end. Slate roof with vent along it.


In February 1888 George Darwin tried to sort out the problem of the smell from the stagnating Cam when the gates at Newnham Mill were closed because of the low level of the river. Charles Foster was the owner of the mill and was approached by Darwin with a financial offer to release water for an hour a day. the offer was declined.

Cambridge had the reputation of being the worst drained town in England. (A House By The River, p.78)

Newnham Mill and pond, c.1900 (MoC43.70)


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

Newnham Mill, 1970 (MoC99a/71)



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