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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.


The first inhabitants were Frederick Burton, his wife Sarah and their small children Ernest and Edith. Frederick was a printer and compositor.


In 1891 the inhabitants were William Jones, his wife Jane and their children Rose, Herbert, Ellen, Edith and George. William was a police constable.

1901 and 1911

The next inhabitants were laundress Mary Ann Fretwell and her daughters May, Ethel and Elizabeth, along with a boarder, Frederick Toller. Her eldest daughter Alice had already married and left home.

Mary Ann was a widow, 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.


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.


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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