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27 Hooper Street

Railway workers, a greengrocer, a book folder and a dustman

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


David Waller, 31, fireman for Great Eastern Railway, b. St Peters Walpole, Norfolk
Louisa Waller, 28, b. Knaresborough, Yorkshire
Gertrude Waller, 7, scholar, b. Cambridge
Percy Waller, 5, b. Cambridge
Traverse Waller, 1, b. Cambridge
David H. Waller, lodger, 18, railway boiler smith’s assistant, b. St Peters Walpole, Norfolk

David H. Waller was the nephew of David Waller senior.


Charlot Churchman, 62, shop keeper, b. Shefford, Cambridgeshire
Lillian Churchman, spinster, 28, b. Cambridge
Willie Baker, 9, b. Manchester
Emos Phillips, lodger, 36, printer, b. Gloucester

Lillian Churchman did not remain a spinster for much longer: later that year she married Enos Phillips.

The census record gives no information on Willie Baker’s relationship (if any) to the Churchman family.

Charlotte Churchman ran a greengrocer’s shop in Coronation Street in the 1870s and 1880s.

Her son William Edward had died in 1889, but in 1891 his widow Eliza and three children were living three doors along from Charlotte at 24 Hooper Street.


Helena Elizabeth Meadows, widow, 50, book folder, b. Cambridge
Helena Louisa Meadows, 31, dressmaker, b. Cambridge
Frederick Chas Meadows, 29, brewer’s clerk, b. Cambridge
Alice Rose Meadows, 22, book folder, b. Cambridge
Percy Meadows, 16, milk carrier, b. Cambridge
Mabel Florence Meadows, 15, b. Cambridge
Frank Sidney Meadows, 12, b. Cambridge
Ernest Albert Meadows, 8, b. Cambridge

Three of Helena’s brothers, Frederick, Albert and Edwin Ogle, worked in printing or bookbinding, and this is presumably how Helena found work as a book folder. Another brother, William Ledenum Ogle, became a surgeon.

By 1911 Helena had moved to 20 Perowne Street, where she lived until her death in 1924. Her two youngest sons Frank and Ernest died in the First World War in 1917 – Frank in Flanders and Ernest in Egypt. Her eldest daughter Helena remained a spinster and stayed in Perowne Street until her death in 1945.


George William Buck, 29 , scavenger, corporation, b. Longham
Maria Buck, 30, b. Narborough

George’s occupation is listed as a ‘scavenger’ and corporation employee, which probably meant that he was a dustman or street cleaner. In later electoral registers he is listed as a general labourer.

The census record states that George and Maria had been married eight years and had had one child who had died. Very soon after the census their daughter Margaret was born, and a few years later they had two sons, Stanley and George.

In 1950 they were sharing the house with Margaret and her husband George Ives. George Buck died in 1953, and Maria was still living at the address in 1955.


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. For William Ledenum Ogle, list of Cambridge University Alumni and University of London Student Records, at For Frank and Ernest Meadows, UK Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919, at


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