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24 Hooper Street

A barman, a bricklayer, a laundress and a railway labourer

24 Hooper Street is one of a terrace of five houses on the south side of Hooper Street.


John F. Sparrow, 31, barman, formerly grocer, b. Huntingdon
Martha Sparrow, 30, b. Ickleton
Olivia Mary Sparrow, 6, scholar, b. Huntingdon
John Fletcher Sparrow, 4, scholar, b. Huntingdon
Lilian Florence Sparrow, 3, b. Huntingdon
Frederick W. Sparrow, 1, b. Cambridgeshire
Fanny Philpot, sister, 24, mantle maker, b. Ickleton, Cambridgeshire


Eliza Churchman, 50, b. Duxford, Cambridgeshire
Harry E Churchman, 15, grocer’s assistant, b. Cambridge
Alice M Churchman, 13, nurse maid, b. Cambridge
Ada B Churchman, 10, b. Norwich, Norfolk
Ernest T Chaplin, boarder, 18, grocer’s assistant, b. Cockfield, Suffolk

Eliza’s husband William – a railway mail guard – had died two years earlier.  Eliza’s mother-in-law Charlotte lived at 27 Hooper Street.


Edmund Graves, 58, b. bricklayer’s labourer, Toft, Cambridgeshire
Harriet Graves, 56, b. laundress, b. Haslingfield, Cambridgeshire
Frank Graves, grandson, 16, porter, b. Cambridge
William Cotterell, boarder, 32, gardener, b. Elsworth, Cambridgeshire
William Willson, boarder, 55, bricklayer’s labourer, b. Cambridge

Ten years later Harriet, now a widow, presided over a crowded multi-generational household in Vicarage Terrace, with grandson Frank, his wife and two baby daughters, three other grandchildren, and two lodgers, one of which was William Cotterell.


Frederick Braybrook, 34, general labourer, Great Eastern Railway, b. Cambridge
Elizabeth Braybrook, 35, b. Cambridge
Doris Fuller, 6, at school, b. Cambridge
Stanley Braybrook, 3 months, b. Cambridge
1 year married, 1 child

Doris Fuller was Elizabeth’s daughter from her first marriage.


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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