Mill Road Stories: Romsey

The Mill Road History Society is delighted that some of the buildings on Mill Road which we have researched were featured on the Mill Road Lantern Trail. Our research can all be found on the website which most of the links below will take you to.

In some cases, what you will see on the landing page is what there is; in others, you will a see downloadable PDF of a ‘building report’. You may well not have time to read the whole thing but if you download that and browse through, you will see lots of photographs and find lots of stories.

Courtesy Caro Wilson
Courtesy of the Cambridgeshire Collection, B.MILL.K1 7603
Mill Road Bridge – A defining feature of Mill Road, the first road bridge was built in 1889, but there’s a lot to discover before and after that!
Earl of Beaconsfield 2009 Courtesy of Suzy Oakes Collection
Earl of Beaconsfield c1920 Courtesy of Cambridgeshire Collection O.EAR.K20 4410
The Earl of Beaconsfield – First listed as a beer house in 1822, the landlord in 1884, Joseph Turner Bailey, was certainly a ‘Mill Road character’.
Courtesy of K Blyth
Courtesy of Cambridgeshire Collection B. MILL.K2. 7614
Gregs Cycles (186) – This shop has belonged to a watchmaker, an undertaker and a bootmaker.
Courtesy Marcus Hearn
Moss and Palmers chemist c 1908 Cambridgeshire Collection
The Old Chemist Shop Antique Centre (206) – There’s a lot of history behind this small building. Where was Mr Norman’s will found? What was special about Mr Palmer’s funeral?
Cut Price Carpets and Hilary’s 2015 Courtesy Joe Blyth
Red Rum at the opening of the Coral Betting Shop 1988 Courtesy of Cambridgeshire Collection B.Mill.K90.417310001

Hilary’s and Cut Price Carpets (175) – Stand back and you can see that these two shops were once one building. Three boys went on a crime spree here in 1889, and there was a surprise equine visitor in 1988.

You can also see a video of this building’s history on our Mill Road History Society page.

Courtesy Marcus Hearn
Romsey Town Labour Club c 1949 Courtesy of the Cambridgeshire Collection
Romsey Town Labour Club – For many years, Romsey was known as Red Romsey because of its large population of unionised left-wing railway workers. The Labour Club was built by members and was the heart of the community.
Courtesy Cambridge Central Mosque
Courtesy Cambridge Central Mosque

Cambridge Central Mosque – The mosque, with its beautiful timber structure, was inspired by both Islamic and English architectural traditions. Its lovely garden and its timber trees throughout the building serve as an oasis of calm at this end of Mill Road. Cambridge Central Mosque is Europe’s first eco-mosque and has a near-zero carbon footprint. The site was previously a cement works. Find out more about the Mosque at