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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.


The first inhabitants were Mary Strand, her daughter Caroline, and her 9 year-old granddaughter Clara. Mary, aged 66, was a widow on parish relief. Caroline worked as a mantle maker. Clara was the daughter of Mary’s son Nathan, a gardener who lived with his wife Mary Ann and younger daughter Agnes in Little Wilbraham.

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


In 1891 the inhabitants were Phillip and Martha Mudd. Phillip was a postman.

1901 to 1939

By 1901 the inhabitants were Joseph Kester and his wife Ellen. Joseph was a stockman who worked with dairy cows.

Ellen 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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