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18 Kingston Street

A Railway Engine Driver & a Carpenter


Charles and Susan Few live here in 1881 with their six children.  Charles is 49 and railway engine driver, he was born in Willingham.  Susan is 37 and was born in Somersham.  Eldest daughter is 17 year old Fanny.  Lilian (12), Rose (9) and Susie (7) are all school children.  The youngest children are 3 year old Sydney and baby Walter, just 8 months old.  The family move to Catherine Street.

Charles’ brother Peter lives at 28 Kingston Street in 1881.


In 1891, 18 Kingston Street is home to Bennett and Amelia Lenney. Amelia is 61, hailing from Kenninghall in Norfolk, while Bennett is 56, from Suffolk. He worked as a Carpenter and Turner.


By 1901, 18 Kingston Street is again home to the Few family. Charles Few is now a widower, and retired from being a Railway Engine Driver. He lives with three of his children: Fanny Ann, aged 37; Winifred Gertrude, aged 14; and 27 year old Susie May, who is now married to Arthur Lash, a 31 year old Grocer’s Assistant from Barton Mills. Susie and Arthur have one daughter, 1 year old Lilian May. This family has moved around a lot, as everyone has different birthplaces – Fanny is born is Wisbech, while Susie and Winifred are both born in Cambridge, though little Lilian is born in Chesterton, suggesting they have only moved back to this house with Charles in 1901.


By 1911, 18 Kingston Street is home to Amy and William Osler. Amy Gertrude Osler, aged 29, is married to William Osler, aged 29, from Brandon in Norfolk. William works as a Carpenter and Joiner.

William Osler’s workshop was at 16 Elm Street. He built and then moved to 19 Cam Road in the 1920s. (2022 email from HS grandson)

Sources: 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 UK Census


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