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20 Ainsworth Street

Bricklayer and Coal Yard Labourer

Number 20 is one of a terrace of seven houses on the east side of Ainsworth Street.


The Head of Household in 1881 is Henry Vail, bricklayer, orginally from Fulbourn.  He is living here with his wife Hannah (31) and four of their children.

Catherine is 8, Roseannah is 7, Florence is 5, they all go to school.  The youngest child is Alice, aged 3.

This family move to number 5 Ainsworth Street by 1891, to number 10 by 1901 and to number 25 by 1905.  The full family story for the Vail’s is at number 10.


The Smith’s, originally from Sudbury in Suffolk, are here in 1891. Edgar is 33 and coal yard labourer.  He is married to Eliza, 32.

They have four children. Laura, 11 and Gertrude, 9, were both born in Kentish Town. They are at school, as is 7-year-old Nellie.  The youngest child is 1 year old Precilla.


James Pratt, 26, Carman for Builder, b Cambridge

Emily S. Pratt, 22, Little Eversden, Cambs

Henry Pratt, 3 months, b Cambridge


Robert Asby, 38, brick layer, b. Cambridge

Esther Asby, 36, b. St Andrew the Less

Charlie Asby, 10, b. St Andrew the Less

Robert Asby, 9, b. St Andrew the Less

Beatrice Asby, 7, b. St Andrew the Less

Leonard Asby, 3, b. St Andrew the Less

Sidney Asby, 1, b. St Andrew the Less

Robert and Esther are 11 years married, had 6 children, 1 died.


UK census records (1881 to 1911)


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