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129 York Street

A Groom & a Lime Burner

This property is no longer standing.  Numbers 129, 131, 133, 135 & 137 formed a terrace on what is now St. Matthew’s Piece.  The 1888 Cambridge Town Plan and the 1910 Land Tax both refer to this section as “Lower York Street”.


Josiah Bilton, head, 30, 1851, groom (domestic) & gardener, Quy, Cambridgeshire
Mary A. Bilton, wife, 30, 1851, laundress, Upper Kirby, Essex
Bertie W. Bilton, son, 4, 1877, scholar, Little Swaffham, Cambridgeshire
Ellen M. Bilton, daughter, 1, 1880, Cambridge
William Minns, lodger, 27, 1854, bricklayer’s labourer, Chesterton, Cambridgeshire

Josiah and Mary Ann are buried in Mill Road Cemetery.


Numbers 129 – 135 do not appear in the 1891 Census.  There are seven houses listed as “Lower York Street”, but it is uncertain which of those apply to these missing properties.  None of the families match one from 1881 or 1901.

“Thomas Allen, 15, labourer, of 129 York Street was charged with having stolen a pack of playing cards, of the value of 1s. from the shop of Mr William Heffer, Fitzroy Street, on Saturday evening.  The prisoner elected to be dealt with summarily and pleaded guilty.  He was sentenced to fourteen days’ imprisonment.” Cambridge Chronicle & Journal 29 January 1892

The Cambridge Independent Press for the 24th August 1894 runs a public notice announcing that “Desirable freehold properties” including “Nos. 129, 130, 132, 134, 136, 138, 131, 133, 135, 137, 143, 145, 147, 149 & 151 Lower York Street” are to be sold by Auction.

“Six-Roomed House and Premises to let, 129 York Street; good stabling; suitable for a carter, coal merchant, or blacksmith’s shop; good yard, drains, and water, back entrances. Apply E. J. Wallis, East Road, or Mr Charter, 1 Abbey Walk.” Cambridge Daily News 10 May 1899


Mary Hayden, head, 54, 1847, Thriplow, Cambridgeshire
Alfred G Hayden, son, 24, brickyard labourer, 1877, Cambridge
Edwin Hayden, son, 16, errand boy, 1885, Cambridge
Alice M Hayden, daughter, 13, 1888, Cambridge

1910 Land Tax

The odd numbered properties, 129 – 151 (Lower) York Street, all appear on the 1910 Land Tax owned by a Mrs M C Sheldrick who lived at 151 Chesterton Road.

Mary Catherine Sheldrick (1850 – 11 September 1922) was married to Joseph Albert Sheldrick, a Superindendent for the Post Office.

There is no named tenant on the 1910 Land Tax.


James Henry Holmes, 40, above ground colliery labourer for a lime burner, b. Cambridge

Adeline Holmes, 45, b. Great Hallingbury, Bishops Stortford

Algernon Holmes, 8, b. Hornsey, London

Maurice Cass, 11, stepson, b. Wood Green, London

Adeline and James have been married for nine years and have one child.

Sources: 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 UK Census, 1888 Cambridge Town Plan, 1910 Land Tax, Civil Registration Birth Index (1837-1915), Civil Registration Death Index (1916-2007), Cambridge Independent Press 24 Aug 1894, Cambridge Chronicle & Journal 29 January 1892, Cambridge Daily News 10 May 1899


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