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138 York Street

A Plasterer & a Plant Hawker

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 refers to this section as “Lower York Street”.  The 1910 Land Tax shows Number 138 as the last house on the even side of the street. After that comes a Drying Ground.

1881 – 1891

The property is not on the 1881 or 1891 Census.


William Cooley, head, 52, plasterer, 1849, London, Middlesex
Mary Ann Cooley, wife, 44, 1857, London, Middlesex
George F Cooley, son, 21, bricklayer’s labourer, 1880, London, Middlesex
Edmund Cooley, son, 13, 1888, Cambridge
Richard Cooley, son, 10, 1891, Cambridge
Kathleen Cooley, daughter, 8, 1893, Cambridge


Anthony Smith, 40, hawker of plants, b. Cambridge

Mary Ann Smith, 40, hawker of plants, b. St Matthew’s Parish

Ada Elizabeth Smith, 16, jam factory packer, b. St Matthew’s Parish

Francis Ellen Smith, 14, hawker of plants, b. St Matthew’s Parish [Francis is written with the male spelling]

Anthony Charles Smith, 11, hawker of plants, b. St Matthew’s Parish

James William Smith, 10, b. St Matthew’s Parish

Alfred Edward Smith, 7, b. St Matthew’s Parish

Sabina Smith, 4, b. St Matthew’s Parish

Lily Smith, 3, b. St Matthew’s Parish

Harry Smith, 6 months, b. St Matthew’s Parish

Mary Ann and Anthony have been married for twenty years and have had eleven children, three of whom have died.

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


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