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141 York Street

A Paper Hanger & a Coal Carter

This house no longer stands.  The 1888 Cambridge Town Plan and the 1910 Land Tax both refer to this part of York Street as “Lower York Street”.


Jacob Bunnett, head, 64, 1817, paperhanger, King’s Lynn, Norfolk
Louisa Bunnett, wife, 51, 1830, Whallpole, Suffolk
Arthur Bunnett, son, 28, 1853, waiter (inn), Sudbury, Suffolk
Willie Bunnett, son, 15, 1866, paperhanger, Cambridge
Bertie Bunnett, son, 13, 1868, Cambridge
Minnie Bunnett, daughter, 11, 1870, scholar, Cambridge
Annie Bunnett, daughter, 8, 1873, scholar, Cambridge

“Alleged Unlawful Wounding – Wm. Payne (27), labourer, of Brown’s-yard, Newmarket Road, was charged with unlawfully wounding Josiah Loates, bricklayer, of 141 York Street, by stabbing him in the forehead and on the arm, in his house, the previous night.” Cambridge Independent Press 14 March 1885

The altercation appears to have been over the loan of a trowel.

1891 & 1901

141 York Street doesn’t appear on the census for 1891 or 1901.

“Lower York Street Desirable Freehold Properties … A Plot of Land, situate between Nos. 137 and 143 Lower York Street, which Messrs Wright and Scruby are instructed to sell by Auction.”  Cambridge Chronicle and Journal 16 October 1896

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.

Frederick Charles Dean is the tenant named on the Land Tax document.  The electoral registers show that he lived here between 1908 and 1910.

1910 – 1912

William Cross, 25, coal carter, b. Ely

Minnie Cross, 25, b. Cambridge

Lily May, 2, b. Cambridge

Rhoda Agnes, 1, b. Cambridge

William Foulger, 22, brother-in-law, bricklayer’s labourer, b. Cambridge

Daisy Cooper, 23, boarder, sewing hand, b. Cambridge

William and Minnie have been married for three years.  The electoral registers show that he lived here between 1910 and 1912.

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), Cambridgeshire Electoral Registers, Burgess Rolls and Poll Books (1722-1966),


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