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102 Ainsworth Street

102 Ainsworth Street

Number 102 is one of a group of five houses on the east side of Ainsworth Street.


Benjamin Rayner, Head, 36, Engine Fireman On G.E.R., Landbeach
Emma Rayner, Wife, 34, Landbeach
Alfred Rayner, 15, Errand Boy, Landbeach
Kate Rayner, 10, 1871, Scholar, Landbeach
Earnest Rayner, 6, 18 Scholar, Landbeach
Mabel A. Rayner, 4, Scholar, Landbeach
Herbert B. Rayner, Landbeach
Thomas W. Hyde, Boarder, 22, Number Taker at Railway Clearing House, Luton, Bedfordshire


The census officer has written down John Taylor and then crossed this out and written instead Mary Ann Taylor, Wife, aged 29, as Head of the Household. She was not local, but born in Bow, London. Perhaps John was away working that day of the census, as the officer only writes down people resident in the house that day.

Also resident in the house with Mary Anne Taylor was a son, George Taylor, aged 4. In addition, there was Ada Hull, single, aged 20, described as the sister to Mary Ann Taylor. This fact points to Ada joining her sister Mary Ann to give her company and help her run the household, so perhaps John Taylor was away in a regular capacity in a job such as a sailor or soldier sending a wage home to support this family living at 102 without occupations listed. It is unusual for women on their own in a house not to be working or taking in income from lodgers or boarders, so the wage from John Taylor must have been sufficient.

Looking into other records, both in the parish, and in the military, may answer the questions of why the husband John Taylor was absent for the census, and give information about his occupation.


On the night the census was taken Frederick William Nightingale,34, was working at King’s College in his job as a College Porter.  So his wife Alice, 32, and their six year old son Bertram are at number 102 on their own.

By 1911 Frederick is Head Porter and the family are living in the Porter’s Lodge at King’s College.

1911 – 1968

Head of household is George Hasdell Allen, a 25-year-old, cabinet maker & fixer for a furniture dealer who has grown up on Ainsworth Street.  In 1891 he is living at 51 Ainsworth Street with his parents, Frederick and Sarah. Then he moved with them to 104 Ainsworth Street where they are still living.

George married Agnes Elizabeth Wallis in 1909.

They lived the rest of their lives at 102 Ainsworth Street and they are both buried in Mill Road Cemetery.

Source: 1891, 1901 & 1911 census, Mill Road Cemetery, 1939 register, England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915



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