HISTORY

Histoy of Mill Road Baptist Church


Cambridge

One day during the 1800’s a group of people from St Andrews Street Baptist Church Cambridge, were walking along Mill Road on their way to visit the Baptist Church in Cherry Hinton, when going over the Railway Crossing (where the Bridge now stands) they noticed rows of small terraced houses being built for railway workers, and thought it would be a good place to plant a new Church. A piece of land was purchased and a small Church built, the first Service being held in 1881.

On the 1st July 1885, the Foundation Stone of the present Building was laid. A small Hall was built on land at the rear of the Church to be used for meetings and a Sunday School.

One night during World War Two, a German Bomber dropped a bomb on the Sunday School completely demolishing it, but fortunately did not damage the Church Building. Also no lives were lost.

After the War ended a new Hall was built with the aid of a War Damage Grant and was well used until 2009 when it was demolished and a new Hall and other facilities were built bringing the present Church premises into the 21st Century.

Our Neighbourhood

Mill Road Baptist Church is located in a residential area just outside the centre of Cambridge. The houses nearest the Church are typical terraced two-up-two-down, and originally comprised homes for railway workers.

The area is now home to a large number of young professionals and students who are often only resident in the area for a short time, as well as a more elderly population who have lived in the area all their lives. Mill Road is particularly attractive to students of Anglia Ruskin University and nearby English language schools.

Mill Road boasts a strong sense of community, with its unique character as home to small shops, ethnic food stores and restaurants reflecting its multi-cultural population of the area.

Mill Road Baptist Church participates in local activities by opening the Church for local events whenever possible and practical. Of particular note is the Mill Road Winter Fair which is a day long event held along Mill Road in early December and is strongly supported by the local community.

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