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21 Hooper Street

Railway workers, a coal carrier, jam makers, and a drapery packer

21 Hooper Street is in Leeds Terrace, which was built by 1881.


John Curtis, 31, railway guard, b. Yarmouth, Norfolk
Maria Curtis, 30, b. Yarmouth, Norfolk
Arthur J. Curtis, 8, scholar, b. Yarmouth, Norfolk
Samuel C. Curtis, 7, scholar, b. Yarmouth, Norfolk
William E. Curtis, 5, b. Ely, Cambridgeshire
Maria Curtis, 3, b. Cambridge
Edgar P. Curtis, 1, b. Cambridge

John and Maria Curtis were to have five more children over the next few years, while still living in the Mill Road area.


Daniel Stearn, 60, railway engine driver, b. Grantchester, Cambridgeshire
Jane Stearn, 51, b. Cambridge


Henry Whybrow, 39, platelayer’s labourer, b. Cambridge
Susannah Whybrow, 39, laundress, b. Cambridge
Charles Edward Whybrow, 15, blacksmith’s apprentice, b. Cambridge
Lizzie Whybrow, 13, b. Cambridge


William W Youngman, 41, coal merchant’s carter, b. Bentley
Phoebe E Youngman, 40, mother, b. Cambridge
Ellen H Youngman, 21, dressmaker, b. Cambridge
Daisy A Youngman, 19, jam factory worker, b. Cambridge
Ernest G Youngman,17, butcher, b. Cambridge
James H Youngman, 12, at school, b. Cambridge
Edna M Youngman, 8 months, b. Cambridge
Maria Germany, sister-in-law, 34, jam factory worker, b. Cambridge

William Youngman was a labourer for a coal merchant – very likely Coote & Warren across the road.

William died in 1920 and Phoebe in 1921. Their daughter Ellen was still living at the address in 1930.

1930s to 1960s

In 1939 the inhabitants were drapery packer William Smee and his wife May, who was still living there in 1966.


UK census records (1841 to 1911), General Register Office birth, marriage and death indexes (1837 onwards), the 1939 England and Wales Register, and electoral registers.


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