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132 York Street

An Agricultural Labourer & a Former Tailor

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”.


Joseph Elsdon, head, 48, 1833, storeman in brewery, Brentwood, Essex
Louisa Elsdon, wife, 40, 1841, Weeting, Norfolk
Edward C. Elsdon, son, 12, 1869, scholar, Canada
Frances S. Elsdon, daughter, 9, 1872, scholar, Ipswich, Suffolk
Catherine M. Elsdon, daughter, 6, 1875, scholar, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Florence L. Elsdon, daughter, 3, 1878, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Robert H. Elsdon, son, 2, 1879, Hatfield, Hertfordshire


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 Cole, head, 57, agricultural labourer, 1844, Landbeach, Cambridgeshire
Annie Cole, wife, 47, 1854, Great Sampford, Essex
Arthur G Cole, son, 17, groom, 1884, Landbeach, Cambridgeshire
Thomas Cole, son, 12, 1889, Cambridge
Annie Cole, daughter, 10, 1891, Cambridge


Harry Barton, 64, formerly tailor [enumerator has crossed out “formerly”], b. Cambridge

Harriett Barton, 63, b. Cambridge

Harriet and Harry have been married for fourteen years.

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


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