15 Milford Street is one of a terrace of four houses on the north side of the street, and built in the 1870s. In trade directories up to 1935 it is referred to as Tacolnestone Terrace. There was no entry for 15 Milford Street in the 1881 census, but there were entries for its three neighbours.
Walter Sussum, head, 28, engine fireman, b. Cambridge
Cora Sussum, wife, 21, b. Ely, Cambridgeshire
Walter Sussum later became an engine driver for Great Eastern Railway. He and Cora were to have six children.
William Nichols, head, 70, bricklayer, b. Norwich, Norfolk
Sarah Nichols, wife, 69, b. Norwich, Norfolk
Charlotte Nichols, daughter, 34, dressmaker, b. Norwich, Norfolk
At least three of the Nichols family’s sons, Walter, Alfred and Arthur, had moved from Norfolk to Cambridge to find work as bricklayers. In 1901 they were living in Sedgwick Street (Walter), Ross Street (Alfred) and at 160 Sturton Street (Arthur). In 1911 William Nichols, now a widower, and Charlotte were living with Arthur and his family at 19 Milford Street.
Charlotte Nichols lived in Milford Street for about four decades. In 1918 she married neighbour and widower Jehu (John) Patten of 1 & 2 Milford Street, and they set up home at 8 Milford Street; Charlotte was still living there in 1939. The Patten and Nichols families were linked by marriage twice: Charlotte’s nephew Edward Nichols (Walter’s son) married Jehu Patten’s daughter Mary.
Phillip Pettit, head, 58, private means, b. Greensted near Ongar, Essex
Mary Ann Pettit, wife, 53, b. Sutton, Surrey, deaf since age 40
Married 20 years
Fred Stone, 27 Jan 1914, married, grocer’s assistant
Elsie M Stone, 6 Feb 1916, married, unpaid domestic duties
UK census records (1841 to 1911), General Register Office birth, marriage and death indexes (1837 onwards), the 1939 England and Wales Register, and electoral registers.
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