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22 Ainsworth Street

Railway Workers and a College Servant

Number 22 is one of a terrace of seven houses on the east side of Ainsworth Street.

1881 – 1891

The Howlett family live at number 22 in 1881 and are still here in 1891.

Head of Household is James, a locomotive engine fireman on the Great Eastern Railway.  He is 25 in 1881 and married to Mary from Caxton.

At this point they have two daughters, Edith aged 3 and Sarah aged 1.

By 1891 there are four sons.  Albert, 9 and  Arthur, 7, are at school with they’re older sister Sarah who is now 11. James is 3 and baby Henry is 1.

They have moved to 6 Ainsworth Street by 1901.

James and Mary are buried in Mill Road Cemetary.

1901 – 1911

Head of Household is Charles Crouch a college servant from Cambridge.  On the 1911 Census Charles notes that he is a kitchen porter.

He is married to Clara and the 1911 Census records that they have been married for 19 years and their nine children are still alive.

There are five children in 1901. Clara is 8, Ada Evelyn is 7, Charles Ernest is 5, WalterLesley John is 2 and baby Edward Victor is 2-months-old.  The elder children probably go to school, but this information isn’t recorded.

By 1911 there are eight children living at number 22.  Ada is helping at home, Charles is an errand boy for a book seller.  Walter and Edward are at school.

Arthur Leonard, 8, Ivy Constance, 7, and Doris Irene, 4, are not recorded as attending school.  There is a new baby, Ena Kathleen, who is 8-months-old.


UK census records (1881 to 1911), Mill Road Cemetery

[RGL adds: the story of Charlie Crouch who signed on to the Suffolk Yeomanry in 1915 and ended up in the Railway Operating Division, part of the Royal Engineers, is told in Barnwell at War (2018)]


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