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Wray's Court, Sidney Street: Miss Sarah Starling, ladies hair dresser

Wray’s Court, Sidney Street

History of Wray's Court

Wray’s Court, Sidney Street

1841 Wray’s Court

John Roudd, 31, tallow chandler


John Heston, 22, police officer


Childer Starling, 57, shoe maker


Simon Moden, 73, lawyer [b 1768 Cherry Hinton; d 1847; b St Michael]

Mary Ann Boud, daughter, 43

John Boud, 13

Mary Boud had married her first husband, John Boud, 28.8.1827 St Michael’s Cambridge. In 1851 Mary Ann Boud [Bowd?], dress maker, b Cambridge, was living in Jesus Lane with her son, John William, 22, tailor, b Cambridge, and Rebekah, 24, daughter in law, b Cambridge. In 1850 at All Saints Cambridge John William Boud married Rebekah Locke Bailey. Mary later married Rebekah’s father, John Bailey b 1791, Denton, Norfolk.

In 1853 Mary Ann Boud and her son, daughter in law and their two children, William 11 mos. and Edward [Edwin] 3 wks and John Bailey, emigrated from Liverpool on the SS Golconda. They  sailed up the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Keokuk, Iowa.

John William Boud died, possibly of yellow fever, and Rebekah remarried, William Bacon, in Keokuk, in 1855. Mary died in Hamilton, Hancock, Illinois in 1867. (email in 2022 from GS)


Mary Cragnall, 48, upholsterer’s assistant


William Taylor, 49, cabinet maker


Robert Woodhouse, 45, cabinet maker


Robert Clayton, 60, fishmonger

1851 Wray’s Court

William Watson Headdey, 65, college butler, b Trumpington

Elizabeth Chess Headdy, 60, b Cambridge

Louisa, 22, governess from home, b Cambridge

Maria, 17, b Cambridge

Maria Francis, servant, 22, b Bottisham

Henry John Martin, 20, lodger, student Trinity College, b London

Charles Thomas Smith, 27, lodger, MA Univ Cambridge, b Middlesex

Several of those households in the 1851 census listed in Sidney Street are in 1861 listed in Wray’s Court i.e. Emma Harvey, Rebecca Woodhouse, Anne Starling.



Thomas Bradford, 32, cabinet maker, b Cambridge

Anne M, 32, b Cambridge

Walter, 16, b Cambridge


Rebekah Woodhouse, 56, college servant, b Balsham


Emma Harvey, 40, college servant, b Herts

Richard Elwood, lodger, 60, college servant, b Longstanton


Thomas Ethridge, 63, carver & gilder, b London

Maryann, 50, b Cambridge

Thomas R, 3, b Cambridge

Mary Bentley, 60, upholsterer, b Cambs


Elizabeth C Headdy, widow, 70, lodging house keeper, b Cambridge

Louisa, 31, governess, b  Cambridge

Sarah Sterling, 19, servant, b Essex


Charles Starling, 40, shoe maker, b Cambridge

Elizabeth, 40, b Saffron Walden

Elizabeth, 8, b Cambridge

Fredrick, 5, b Cambridge

Charles, 3, b Cambridge


Ann Starling, 46, dress maker, b Cambridge

Sarah, 30, ladies hair dress, b Cambridge

Lydia Mathews, 10, servant, b Cambridge


(1) Mrs Coe

(2) Miss Clark

(3) Mrs Leech

Misses Sutton and Green, dressmakers

(4) Miss Maria Rowe

Miss Wood

(5) Mrs McLaughlin

W J Christmas, bakehouse

(6,7) Miss Sarah Starling, ladies hair dresser

Mrs Elizabeth Warren

(8) Barnet William Beales, tailor’s workshop

Wray’s Court, 1964 (MoC252/64)


(1) Mrs Woolard

(2) Stanislau Murawska

(3) Mrs Mitchell

(4) Douglas Sanders

(5) George W Bolton

(6) Mrs MacDonald

(7) Mrs Brett

Wray’s Court, 1964 (MoC251/64)

Site of former entrance to Wray’s Court, Sidney Street (RGL2023)





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