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26 Hooper Street

A printer, a policeman, a laundress and a college servant

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

1881

Frederick Burton, 27, printer’s compositor, b. Cambridge
Sarah Burton, 24, b. Cambridge
Ernest James Burton, 1, b. Cambridge
Edith Maud Burton, 2 months, b. Cambridge

1891

William Jones, 37, police constable, b. Drayton, Berkshire
Jane Jones, 48, b. Chesterton, Cambridgeshire
Rose Jones, 13, b. Cambridge
Herbert Jones, 11, b. Cambridge
Ellen Jones, 7, b. Cambridge
Edith Jones, 5, b. Cambridge
George Jones, 3, b. Cambridge

1901

Mary Ann Fretwell, head, widow, 49, laundress, b. Norwich
May Madeline Fretwell, 19, dressmaker, b. Cambridge
Ethel Fretwell, 16, b. Cambridge
Elizabeth Fretwell, 13, b. Cambridge
Frederick Toller, boarder, 46, woodman, b. Hardwick, Cambridgeshire

1911

Madeline Mary Ann Fretwell, widow, 60, b. Norwich
Ethel Edith Elizabeth Fretwell, 26, laundress, b. Cambridge
Lizzie Grace Ester Fretwell, 23, b. Cambridge

Mary Ann Fretwell was a widow by 1901, but curiously there is no census record in which her husband Samuel was living at home with the family. He was a stonemason; in 1881 he was living and working in Stanstead Abbots, Hertfordshire, and in 1891 he was in St Albans.

The eldest Fretwell daugher Alice had married and left home by 1901.

1939

In 1939 the inhabitants were Cecil and Louisa Parnwell and their young son Brian. Cecil was a college servant. Cecil and Louisa were still living at the address in 1966.

Sources

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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