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14 Ainsworth Street

G.E.R & an Oil & Colourman

Number 14 is one of a terrace of seven houses on the east side of Ainsworth Street.

1881

Harry B Langford, 26, Fitters Assistant on GER, b Cambridge

Alice Langford, 25, Dressmaker, Cambridge

Alice M. Langford, 5, b Cambridge

1888

Henry Frederick Polled, a carridge painter, and his wife Ada Annie, 20,  were living here in 1888.  The reason we know this is because the papers reported on Ada’s sad death in 1888.  The couple had only been married for ten months and have an eight week old son.

They went out one evening to visit his father on East Road, but Ada decided not to go in, but to walk home.  A witness says he saw her on the bank of the Cam and her sister reported that Ada had often “talked of the water”.

The police found her the following evening and the jury returned a verdict of “suicide while temporarily insane“.

1891

The Pollard family are living here in 1891.  Christopher is Head of Household and a baker orignally from Croydon.  His wife is Louisa, aged 34.  Four children are living with them.

Joseph (12), Christopher (5) and Louisa (4) all attend school.  The youngest is 1-year-old Mary.

By 1895 the couple have moved to Norfolk Street.

Christopher and Louisa are buried in Mill Road Cemetery.

1901

Pattie Cowell, 25, b Cambridge

Alfred, 11 months, b Cambridge

1911

Henry Walter Maltby and Martha Mary (nee Diver). Married less than a year. He’s an Oil and Colourman.  They currently have no children, but a daughter is born in October.

They move to number 3 by 1918.

Sources

UK census records (1881 to 1911), Mill Road Cemetery, Cambridge Chronicle and Journal 21 September 1888, Cambridgeshire, England, Electoral Registers, Burgess Rolls and Poll Books, 1722-1966

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