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18 York Street

A Writer & Grainer


Sarah Hayler, 70, widow, b. Cambridge

William Rignall, 63, widower, lodger, gardener, b. Ely

John Woodhouse, 86, widower, lodger, gardener, b. North Walsham, Norfolk


Henry Arthur John Long, 29, writer and grainer, b. Milton, Cambridgeshire – lived at number 16 York Street with his family in 1881.  His family now live at 14 York Street.

Bertha Amy Long, 23, b. Milton, Cambridgeshire

Emily Long, 1, b. Cambridge

A “writer & grainer” is a sign-writer who also painted false woodgrain finishes.


Henry Long, 36, house painter, b. Cambridge

Bertha Long, 32, b. Milton

Emily Antonia Frederica Long, 10, b. Cambridge

Ernest Arthur Long, 9, b. Cambridge

Ada Maud Long, 8, b. Cambridge

Winifred Ida Long, 6, b. Cambridge

Annie Augusta (Gussie) Long, 4, b. Cambridge

Sidney Horace Long, 3, b. Cambridge

Berham (Bertie) Francis Long, 8 months, b. Cambridge

Henry went back to being a writer and grainer for a brewery firm.  The family are living at 22 Portugal Place in 1911.  The Census records the full names of the family and shows that Henry and Bertha have been married 22 years by that point, they have had 12 children, one of whom has died.


Ernest Samuel Rose, 29, greengrocer, b. Cambridge the census records that he works from home, so 18 York Street was probably once a shop.

Mary Rose, 29, b. Cambridge

Ethel Mary Charlotte Rose, 5, b. Cambridge

Ernest and Mary have been married for six years and have one child.

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


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