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130 York Street

A Sack Sewer & a Labourer

This property is no longer standing. Numbers 130, 132, 134, 136 & 138 formed a terrace approximately where the entrance is to St. Matthew’s Garden.  The 1888 Cambridge Town Plan and the 1910 Land Tax both refer to this section as “Lower York Street”.


William Brooks, head, 22, 1859, railway porter on G.E.R., Diss, Norfolk


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.


Elizabeth Russell, wife, 34, factory sack sewer, 1867, Worcester, Worcestershire (not head not widowed)
Matthew G Russell, son, 7, 1894, London, Middlesex
Lydia Stratton, boarder, 64, Parish Relief, 1837, Barley, Hertfordshire


Ernest George Clark, 38, general labourer, b. Cambridge

Ada Annie Clark, 36, housewife, b. Cambridge

Ada Maud Lillian Clark, 11, school, b. Cambridge

Lily May Clark, 10, school, b. Cambridge

Gladys Rose Clark, 9, school, b. Cambridge

Stanley John Clark, 5, school, b. Cambridge

Ada and Ernest have been married for twelve years and have had seven children, three of whom have died.

Sources: 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 UK Census, 1888 Cambridge Town Plan, 1910 Land Tax,


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