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12 Ainsworth Street

Railway Clerk, Plasterer & Boilerman

Number 12 is one of a terrace of seven houses on the east side of Ainsworth Street.


William Mattesson, 26, Railway Clerk, b Ipswich

Laura Mattesson, 24, b Ipswich

Edith Mattesson, 4, Ipswich


The Orders family are living here.  There is a report in the local newspaper concerning Agnes Louise Maud Orders accidently setting herself on fire.  The flames are extinguished by Abraham Smith, a baker from Kingston Street.  Agnes’ husband is called Alfred Thomas.


The Tarrant family are now living at number 12.  Head of Household is Walter a 43 year old plasterer originally from Great Wilbraham.  His wife, Ashwell is 49 and they have five children living with them.

The eldest two girls, Ellen (20) and Clara (17) are both general servants, the eldest boy, David, is 15.  The two youngest, Frederick aged 10 and Rose, aged 6, both still go to school.


Edwin Blackwell, 29, Boilerman, b Cambridge

Elizabeth (nee Salisbury) Blackwell, 30, b Cambridge

Ambrose Blackwell, 6, b Cambridge

Elizabeth grew up on Stone Street where her parents and younger siblings still live.

1911 – 1921

Ellen Bagstaff, 57, Dressmaker, b. Norwich.  Ellen used to live at number 50 Ainsworth Street.  On this Census she says that she had two children and one is still alive.

In 1911 there is a lodger named Catherine Edwards.  She is 70, and a widowed pensioner.  Born in Edinburgh, she became blind at 58.

The 1921 census records two lodgers.  Ann Dyball is 81, widowed and bed ridden.  She was born in Norfolk.  Flora Jackson is 47, widowed and from Suffolk.

Sources: 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911, 1921 UK Census, Cambridge Independent Press (1 June 1888),


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