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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.

1881 census

William E Howlett, head, 37, painter, b. Cambridge
Mary A Howlett, wife, 39, b. Upwood, Huntingdonshire
Frederick J Howlett, son, 11, scholar, b. Cambridge
Herbert E Howlett, son, 10, scholar, b. Cambridge
Florence L Howlett, daughter, 8, scholar, b. Cambridge
Robert J Howlett, son, 5, scholar, b. Cambridge
William G Howlett, son, 3, scholar, b. Cambridge
Henry T Howlett, son, 1, b. Cambridge

1891 census

William Osborne, head, 29, grocer, b. Arrington, Cambridgeshire
Martha Osborne, wife, 29, b. Arrington, Cambridgeshire
Sidney W Osborne, son, 4, b. Watford, Hertfordshire
Francis M Osborne, daughter, 2, b. Watford, Hertfordshire

1901 census

William Osborn, head, 39, greengrocer, own account, b. Arrington, Cambridgeshire
Martha E Osborn, wife, 38, b. Arrington, Cambridgeshire
Frances M Osborn, daughter, 12, b. Watford, Hertfordshire
Herbert C Osborn, son, 4, b. Cambridge
Eleanor V Osborn, daughter, 4 months, b. Cambridge

By 1911 the family had moved to 24 Sleaford Street. William notes in the 1911 Census that Sidney has been an ‘imbecile’ since infancy.

1911 census

James Pratt, head, 36, carman for builder, b. Cambridge
Emily Jane Pratt, wife, 32, b. Little Eversden, Cambridgeshire
Henry James Pratt, son, 10, b. Cambridge
Mildred Frances Grace Pratt, daughter, 8, b. Cambridge
Winifred Kathleen May Pratt, daughter, 5, spinal paralysis, dumb, b. Cambridge
Morriss Albert Pratt, son, 1, b. Cambridge

The Pratt family moved here from next door at 20 Ainsworth Street.

James Pratt and Emily Jane Darnell in 1899.  The 1911 Census records that they have been married 11 years and have had six children, one of whom has died.

Winifred, the child recorded in the Census as suffering from spinal paralysis, died in 1914, aged 8.

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

1921 census

James Pratt, head, 47, platelayer, Great Eastern Railway, b. Cambridge
Emily Jane Pratt, wife, 42, house wife, b. Little Eversden, Cambridgeshire
Henry James Pratt, son, 20, platform porter, Great Eastern Railway, b. Cambridge
Ernest Jack Pratt, son, 13, b. Cambridge
Morris Albert Pratt, son, 11, b. Cambridge
Basil Nancy Pratt, daughter, 8, b. Cambridge
Emily Alice Pratt, daughter, 6, b. Cambridge
Richard Pratt, son, 11 months, b. Cambridge

Mildred was living at 73 Glisson Road and working as a domestic servant for Henry Liddiard, motor and cycle agent. She married Wilfred Chandler in 1925 and they lived 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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