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11 Ainsworth Street

House painter

Number 11 is one of a terrace of four houses on the west side of Ainsworth Street.

1881 – 1891

William Lanham, a house painter from Cambridge, lived here with his wife Rebecca (nee Webb) and their family.  William and Rebecca married at St Andrew the Less on the 28th July 1839. He is the son of a painter and she is the daughter of a brickmaker from West Wickham.

In 1881 they were living with their daughter Lucy (39), a dressmaker, their sons Edmond John (31) a baker and Walter (26) a printer.  Their grandson, 3-year-old Harry, also lived with them.

By 1891 Walter has moved out, but the other members of the family rmain at number 11.  Harry is now a Machine Boy.

The 1891 Census was taken on the 5th April. William died shortly afterwards and was buried at St Andrew the Less on the 22nd April 1891.


Henry Ward, a 34-year-old blacksmith from Hardwick is head of household in 1901. He married Emma Rebecca Royston in 1902 and they have two children, George and Horace.

Henry and Emma are buried in Mill Road Cemetery.


Thomas Herbert Clark & Florence Ellen (nee Tabor) and their four children. In 1912 their son, Stanley Bernard, is born. He lives at number 3 in the 1950s & 1960s.


Head of household in 1921 is Sidney Manning Tebbit, a 38 year old baker who records he was born in the parish of St. Phillips.  Sidney works for W. W. Tredale, bakers of 6 Doves Street, Cambridge and is married to Theresa Kirby Tebbit (nee Clark).  Theresa is 37 and was born in the parish of St. Giles.

The couple have four children. Sidney Samuel Manning Tebbit (15), Reginald Frederick George Tebbit (13) and Doris Theresa Tebbit (11) were all born in the parish of St Luke.  The youngest, William E. (8) was born in the parish of St Matthew’s.  The younger three children are still at school, but Sidney works as a junior clerk for the University Registrar on Trumpington Street.

Benjamin Joseph Clark, 30, Theresa’s brother, is living with the family.  It is recorded that he is out of work, but was previously a Temporary Civil Policeman for the Cambridge Borough Police.

The electoral registers record Sidney Manning Tebbit living here from 1914 until 1935.

By 1939 the family are living on Kimberley Road and Sidney is a master baker, and they’ve taken in an evacuee, also named Sidney.

Sources: UK census records (1881 to 1921), Cambridgeshire Marriages, National Burial Index For England & Wales, England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915, Mill Road Cemetery,


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