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15 Clarendon Street

History of 15 Clarendon Street


John Edwards, 53, Town ?, b. Cambridge

Harriet Edwards, 28, b. Cambridge

Alfred Edwards, 13, b. Gt Wilbraham, Cambridge


Frederick J Smith, 24, Hosier, b. Cambridge

Mary C Smith, b. Burwell, Cambs

Florence J Smith, 1, b. Cambridge

Louise M W Smith, 1m, b. Cambridge

Elizabeth Bird, 18, Domestic Servant, b. Unknown

Mary A Westwood, 52, Nurse, b. Orwell, Cambs

JW added this note in 2023:

My ‘Smith’ family were there for the 1871/81 census returns. They left sometime in the 1880s when Frederic and Mary separated and Mary took the twins Claude and Ernest and went to live in London due to Frederic’s behaviour and drinking. He was in court several times for this and once found himself in prison.

Frederic John Smith (my great grandfather) 11 January 1847-5 March 1895. He was the second son of Chappel Brand and Jane Smith who were hosiers at 18 Market Street. Frederic was a hosier as well and in 1869 was listed as having a drapers shop in Sidney Street. I can find it last registered at 15A Sidney Street in 1875 but know no more. Frederic died at a lodging house at 41 Wellington Street.

Mary Chapman Smith (nee Hawkes) 24 July 1844 – January 7 1902. She was born in Burwell to Thomas and Elizabeth Hawkes. She married Frederic on 8 April 1869 at Swaffham Prior. She died in Belgravia London.

Florence Cecile Jane Smith 11 January 1870 – 1945. She was born at 15 Clarendon Street. In 1886 she appeared to be living at 69 Burleigh Street. She went on to work as a cook in a couple of large houses. She never married.

Maud Alice Louise Smith 29 March 1871 – 1952. She was born at 15 Clarendon Street and died in Wrexham. She became a nurse , had two children but never married. I do have some photos of Maud if you are interested.

Augusta Maud Mary Smith – registered birth name was Ethel Augusta Mary. She was born at 15 Clarendon Street on 27 October 1872 and died of tubercular meningitis on 29 June 1886 at 69 Burleigh Street. 

Peter Francis Frederick Smith (my Grandfather) 24 October 1874-30 April 1950. Born at 15 Clarendon Street and died in Manor Park London. He was a painter and decorator. He married twice and had 10 children.

The twins Claude Albert Edward and Ernest Victor George we’re born 13 September 1877 at 15 Clarendon Street.

Frederic John’s elder brother William Henry Chappel Smith was living at 13 Clarendon Street in 1871.


Frederick J Smith, 34, Commission Agent, b. Cambridge

Mary Chapman Smith, 36, b. Swaffham Prior, Cambs

Florence Cecile J Smith, 11, b. Cambridge

Maud Alice Louise Smith, 10, b. Cambridge

Augusta Maud Mary Smith, 8, b. Cambridge

Peter Francis Fredc Smith 7, b. Cambridge

Claude Albert Edwd Smith, 3, b. Cambridge

Ernest Victor George Smith, 3, b. Cambridge


William Plumb, tobacconist’s assistant (1887)


William R Plumb, 30, Tobacconist, b. Six Mile Bottom

Emma F Plumb, 34, b. Cambridge

Minnie E Plumb, 5, b. Cambridge

Jeine (Jesse?) E Plumb, 3, b. Cambridge

Gertrude E Plumb, 11m, b. Cambridge

Sarah Rickard, Mother-in-Law, 54, b. Cambridge


William R Plumb, 40, Waiter?, b. Cambridge

Emma F Plumb, 44, b. Cambridge

Minnie E Plumb, 15, b. Cambridge

Jeine (Jesse?) E Plumb, 13, b. Cambridge

Gertrude E Plumb, 10, b. Cambridge

Sarah Richard, Mother-in-Law, 65, b. Cambridge


E G J Burbage, 41, Hotel Cook, b. Cambridge

E A Burbage, 40, Duxford

D A Burbage, 17, Milliner’s Apprentice, b. Cambridge

L M Burbage, 11, b. Cambridge


John Edward Burbage



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