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25 Hooper Street

A widow on parish relief, a postman and a milkman

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

1881 census

Mary Strand, widow, 66, no occupation, parish relief, b. Balsham, Cambridgeshire
Caroline Strand, daughter, 26, mantle maker, b. Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire
Clara Strand, granddaughter, 9, scholar, b. Cottenham, Cambridgeshire

Clara was Caroline’s daughter. Caroline had married William Topping in 1869 in Cottenham, and was living there with him and baby Clara at the time of the 1871 census.

By 1911 Mary Strand was an inmate of Cambridge Workhouse on Mill Road, and she died later that year.

1891 census

Phillip G Mudd, 36, town postman, b. Cambridge
Martha E Mudd, 33, b. Holt, Norfolk

This couple have moved to 77 Sturton Street by 1901.

1901 census

Joseph Kester, 29, street cleaner, b. Swavesey, Cambridgeshire
Ellen Ann Kester, 37, b. Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire

1911 census

Joseph Kester, 39, general labourer, b. Swavesey
Ellen Kester, 47, b. Cherry Hinton

Ellen Kester died in 1923. In 1925 Joseph married a second wife, Jane, who was to outlive him. In 1939, at the beginning of the Second World War, Jane took on duties as an air raid warden.


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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