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16 Ainsworth Street

G.E.R. workers and Mineral Water Maker

Number 16 is one of a terrace of seven houses on the east side of Ainsworth Street.


Robert Topper, 33, Boilermaker on GER, b Bristol

Sarah A. Topper, 28, b Potton

Robert, Topper, 9, Scholar, b Potton

Alfred, Topper, 7, Scholar, b Bromley by Bow


The Hulyer family are now living at number 16.  Head of household, Edward, is 25 and a mineral water maker and hawker, meaning that he sold the water on the street.  His wife is called Mary Ann and they have two young children, Charles aged 4 and Thomas aged 2.

Edward can be found on the 1881 Census living with his father and stepmother at 98 York Street.

Mary Ann dies in June 1893 and Edward remarries later that year.  Edward and his new wife Ellen (nee Tarrant) will move to 6 Stone Terrace on Stone Street by 1901.


John R. Vair, 35, Boilerman, b Whitby, Yorkshire

Annie Vair, 35, b Hartlepool, Durham

Ida Vair, 8, b Cambridge

Maggie Vair, 5, b Cambridge


Edward Flood, 35, Baker, b. Cambridge

Catherin Flood, 37, b. Cambridge

Claude Flood, 2, b. Cambridge

Edward and Catherine are 8 years married and have 1 child.


The World War 1 Pension Records of Albert Sidney Melton record his wife Dorothy as living at 16 Ainsworth Street.  As a child, Albert lived at both number 4 and number 15 Ainsworth Street.  Dorothy (nee Rolfe) and Albert married in early 1915.  When he is discharged from the Royal Engineers he gives his address as 115a Sturton Street.


Bertie Murfet, 32, works as a printer’s warehouseman for Mr. J.B. Peace, University Printing Press
Ada Murfet, 27.
Bertram Murfet, 16 months.
All born in Cambridge.

Sources: UK census records (1881 to 1921), UK, British Army World War I Pension Records 1914-1920


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