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17 Ainsworth Street

An Engineer and a Postman

Number 17 is a single property standing at the end of a terrace on the west side of Ainsworth Street.


Henry Osborne, 38, Ticket Collector on Railway, b Epping

Annie Osborne, 35, Laundress, b Trumpington

Elizabeth A. Osborne, 14, Scholar, b Trumpington

Maud E. Osborne, 12, Scholar, b Trumpington

Harry E. Osborne, 10, Scholar, b Trumpington

Robert C. Osborne, 9, Scholar, b Trumpington

Ernest E. Osborne, 8, Scholar, b Cambridge

Clara Ludman (Servant), 17, b Trumpington


George W Hawkins is head of household in 1891.  He is a 29-year-old engineering smith originally from Biggleswade.  His wife Polly, 26, is from Gamligay.  They have a two year old daughter called Louisa.

May 1893  – The property portfolio of Morris Duncombe was auctioned.  17 Ainsworth Street was amongst the properties.  Morris is buried in Mill Road Cemetery.


George Pilsworth, 36, Postman (stamper), b Cambridge

Ellen Pilsworth, 37, b Bottisham Lode

Florence E.E. Pilsworth, 11, b Cambridge

George A.V. Pilsworth, 10, b Cambridge

Frederick J.P. Pilsworth, 8, b Cambridge

Arthur C.E. Pilsworth, 6, b Cambridge

Kate L.R. Pilsworth, 5, b Cambridge

Lizzy L.V. Pilsworth, 3, b Cambridge

Daisy R.V. Pilsworth, 3, b Cambridge

Edward A.R. Pilsworth, 1 month


George Pilsworth, 46, widower, postman, b. Cambridge

George Henry Victor Pilsworth, 20, doctor’s chauffeur, b. Cambridge

Frederick James Penrose Pilsworth, 18, apprentice compositor in a news department, b. Cambridge

Arthur Cecil Ernest Pilsworth, 16, apprentice hairdresser, b. Cambridge

Kate Sophia Rhoda Pilsworth, 15, general domestic servant, b. Cambridge

Lily Louisa Victoria Pilsworth, 13, b. Cambridge

Daisy Rebecca Victoria Pilsworth, 13, b. Cambridge

Edward Alexander Redvers Pilsworth, 10, b. Cambridge

Hilda Phyllis Violet Pilsworth, 6, b. Cambridge

Emma Mary Smith, 63, George’s widowed sister, domestic housekeeper, b. Cambridge

George and Ellen were 17 years married, had 10 children and 1 died.


George Pilsworth,56, Stamper Postman for the Cambridge G.P.O.
Daisy Rebecca Victoria Pilsworth, 23, works in the Bottling Department at Chiver’s & Son Jam Manufacturerers in Histon.
Edward Alex Redvers Pilsworth, 20, cabinet maker and carpenter, for Bennett & Sons builders on 111A Catharine Street.
Hilda Phyllis Violet Pilsworth, 16, no job given.
Ronald Gerald Fletcher, 10, George’s grandson, father dead. Born South Kensington

Son Frederick is now married an living at 44 Ainsworth Street.

Sources: UK census records (1881 to 1921), Mill Road Cemetery,


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