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18 Ainsworth Street

A Painter and Grocers

Number 18  is one of a terrace of seven houses on the east side of Ainsworth Street.


William E. Howlett, 37, Painter, Cambridge

Mary A. Howlett, 39, b Upwood Huntingdonshire

Frederick J. Howlett, 11, Scholar, b Cambridge

Herbert E. Howlett, 10, Scholar, b Cambridge

Florence L. Howlett, 8, Scholar, b Cambridge

Robert J. Howlett, 5, Scholar, b Cambridge

William G. Howlett, 3, Scholar, b Cambridge

Henry J. Howlett, 1, b Cambridge

1891 -1901

William Osbourn, 29, a green grocer and his wife Martha, 29, both originally from Arrington in Cambridgeshire are living here with their young family.

Sidney William, 4, and Frances, 2, were both born in Watford.

By 1901 there are two more children, Herbert is 4 and Eleanor is 4-months-old.  Both children were born in Cambridge.

The family has moved to 24 Sleaford Street by 1911, where William records that they have had seven children, four of whom are still living (Sydney, Frances, Herbert and Violet).  In the final column he notes “infancy” next to his wife’s name and “imbecile” next to Sydney.


James Pratt, 36, Carman for Builder, b. Cambridge

Emily Jane Pratt, 32, b. Little Eversden

Henry James Pratt, 10, b. Cambridge

Milaud Frances Peace Pratt, 8, b. Cambridge

Winifred Kathleen May Pratt, 5, b. Cambridge – “spinal paralysis, born dumb”

Morris Albert Pratt,1, b. Cambridge

James and Emily are 11 years married, have had 6 children, 1 died.

Sources: UK census records (1881 to 1911)


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