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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.


The first inhabitants were John and Maria Curtis, from Caister near Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. John was a railway guard. They had five children living with them in Hooper Street, and were to have five more over the next few decades, while still living in the Mill Road area.


In 1891 the inhabitants were Daniel and Jane Stearn. Daniel was a railway engine driver.


In 1901 the inhabitants were Henry and Susannah Whybrow and their children Charles and Lizzie. Henry was a platelayer’s labourer, responsible for laying railway track. Susannah was a laundress and 15 year-old Charles was a blacksmith’s apprentice.


In 1911 the inhabitants were William and Phoebe Youngman and their children Ellen, Daisy, Ernest, Henry and Edna, along with Phoebe’s sister Maria Germany. William was a labourer for a coal merchant – most likely Coote & Warren across the road. The older children were all employed: Ellen was a dressmaker, Daisy (and Maria) worked in a jam factory, and Ernest was a butcher.

William died in 1920 and Phoebe in 1921. In 1927 their children Henry and Ellen were still living at the address, and Ellen as late as 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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