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11 Hooper Street

A gardener and a school teacher

11 Hooper Street is one of an attached pair of cottages, the other being number 12. It was completed by 1881.

1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911

The first people to live there were John Pugh, a gardener, and his wife Rebecca, both born in the 1820s.

John and Rebecca had one child, Walter, born in 1847. Walter became a school teacher and moved away from Cambridge for work, first to Somerset, then Devon, and finally Cornwall. He and his wife Elizabeth, a needlework teacher, had six sons and a daughter.

Rebecca died in 1904 and Elizabeth in 1911. Shortly after Elizabeth’s death, Walter and his daughter Mary moved to Cambridge to look after John at 11 Hooper Street. Later that year John died, aged 91.

Mary Pugh moved back to Cornwall, where she married and settled down near Penzance. Walter died there in 1922 and is buried in the village of Ludgvan.


In 1939 the residents of 11 Hooper Street were Ronald Pearce, a plumber, and his wife Ethel, both born in 1911.


UK census records (1841 to 1911), General Register Office birth, marriage and death indexes (1837 onwards), and the 1939 England and Wales Register.


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