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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.


This family have moved here from next door at number 20.

Head of household is James Pratt (36) who works as a carman for a builder.  He is married to Emily Jane (nee Darnell) who he married in 1899.  The 1911 census records that they have been married 11 years and have had six children, one of whom has died.

Henry James is ten, and Mildred Frances is 6.  Although not recorded on the census, both of these children probably attended school.  Winifred Kathleen May is 5 and her father has made a note on the census that she has spinal paralysis and was born dumb. The youngest child is Morris Albert who is one year old.

Winifred died in 1914, aged 8.

James can be found on the register of the National Union of Railwaymen in 1915, working as a Platelayer for the Great Eastern Railway.

He is still a platelayer on the 1921 Census.  Henry is now 20 and working as a platform porter at Cambridge Station.  Morris is 11 and at school.  There are three more children, Bessie Nancy (8), Emily Alice (6) and eleven month old Richard.

Mildred is 16 and living at 73 Glisson Road.  She works as a Domestic Servant for Henry Liddiard, Motor & Cycle Agent,

She marries Wildfred Chandler in 1925 and they live on York Terrace.

Sources: UK census records (1881 to 1921), Civil Registration Marriage Index (1837-1915), Civil Registration Death Index (1837-1915), Trade Union Membership Registers,


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