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133 York Street

A Needle Woman & a House Painter

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”.


First Family

Geo. Summerlin, head, 24, 1857, groom (N.D.), Croydon, Cambridgeshire
Eliza Summerlin, wife, 22, 1859, Stoke, Essex
Mable A. Summerlin, daughter, 2, 1879, Cambridge

Second Family

Betsy Mayle, head, 40, 1841, needlewoman, Bilsby, Lincoln
Joseph J. Mayle, son, 8, 1873, scholar, Cambridge
Arthur P. Mayle, son, 5, 1876, scholar, Cambridge


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.

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.


George W Clark, son, 22, house painter, 1879, Cambridge
David Clark, head, 75, retired agricultural labourer, 1826, Croydon, Cambridgeshire
Sarah A Clark, wife, 54, 1847, Great Eversden, Cambridgeshire
Frederick Holmes, nephew, 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.

George Clark is named as the tenant on the Land Tax document.


George William Clark, 32, son, printing works engine driver, b. Cambridge

Sarah Ann Clark, 66, mother, laundress, b. Great Eversden

Caraline Holmes (this is how it is written on the census), 19, niece, b. Cambridge

Felix Arthur Holmes, 15, nephew, b. Cambridge

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,


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