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17 Hooper Street

Railway workers and a gas fitter

17 Hooper Street is in Leeds Terrace, which was built by 1881.


The first inhabitants were Benjamin and Harriet Banyard and their children Arthur, Albert, Alice and Herbert. Benjamin was a fireman on the railway.


By 1891 the inhabitants were Walter and Harriet Curry and their children Alfred, Walter, Ernest, George, Jenny and Harriet. Like Benjamin Banyard, Walter Curry worked on the railway – as a signal fitter. He was from Stratford in Essex.

1901 and 1911

By 1901 the inhabitants were William and Elizabeth Maltby and their 24 year-old son Frederick. William was a railway telegraph foreman and Frederick was a draper’s commercial traveller. Elizabeth died in 1907. In 1911 William was living alone in the house.

1920s to 1960s

In the 1920s and 1930s the house was occupied by George and Emily Matthews and their children. By 1939 the house was in the possession of Albert and Nellie Jaggard and their children. Albert was a gas fitter. The Jaggard family livedĀ  at 17 Hooper Street until at least the 1960s.


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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