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140 Sturton Street

The Reed Family

1881 – 1909

John and Alice Reed have moved to 140 Sturton Street from 20 Norwich Street.  John used to be a railway shunter, but the 1881 Census records him as a brewer’s labourer.

The couple have three children. John William, aged 8, Henry Alfred, aged 6, and 5-year-old Samuel.

By 1891 John is a house painter. His son John is a carpenter’s apprentice, Henry is a wine merchant’s cellarman and Samuel is an errand boy.

In 1901 the head of household is now Henry Reed.  He’s married to Emma, and they have two children, Samuel (5) and Catherine (3).  Both children were born in Dorchester Dorset.  Henry is a stone mason.  John is living with the family, he’s now 55 and still a house painter.

Alice is living at 43 Mill Road with her son Samuel, a stone mason.  Head of that household is Frederick Ivett, also a stone mason and Samuel’s business partner.  There is a photo of this property on the Company History page of Ivett & Reed,  as well as a photo of Samuel and his family.

By 1911 the family has left 140 Sturton Street.  Henry and his family are living in St Pancras, his father John has gone with them.  Alice is living with John William and his family at 69 DeFreville Avenue.

[more information about the history of Ivett & Reed on the Mill Road Cemetery website]


Robert Cox, head, 39, married, shoeing smith, b. Shouldham, Norfolk
Clara Cox, wife, 37, married, b. Marham, Norfolk
Bertram Cox, son, 10, school, b. Cambridge
Frederic Cox, son, 8, school, b. Cambridge
Florence Cox, daughter, 4, b. Cambridge
Ella Cox, daughter, 1, b. Cambridge
William Cox, brother, 32, single, coach smith for coach builder, b. Shouldham, Norfolk
Married 11 years, 5 children of which 1 died

Source – 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 & 1911 Census, Cambridgeshire, England, Electoral Registers, Burgess Rolls and Poll Books, Mill Road Cemetery, Ivett & Reed,



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