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.
The first inhabitants were David Waller, his wife Louisa, their children Gertrude, Percy and Traverse, and David’s nephew David Henry Waller. David Waller senior was a railway fireman and David junior was a railway boiler smith; both were from Walpole St Peter, near Wisbech. Louisa was from Knaresborough in Yorkshire.
In 1891 the inhabitants were Charlotte Churchman, her daughter Lillian (relationship to head of household = ‘spinster’), an 8 year-old boy called Willie Baker (unknown connection to Churchman family), and a lodger, Enos Phillips, from Gloucestershire. Lillian did not remain a spinster for much longer: later that year she married Enos Phillips.
Charlotte was a shopkeeper, born in Little Shelford. In the 1870s and 1880s she lived in Coronation Street, where she ran a greengrocer’s shop.
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.
In 1901 the inhabitants were widow Helena Meadows and her seven children Helena, Frederick, Alice, Percy, Mabel, Frank and Ernest, ranging in age from 31 (Helena) to 8 (Ernest). Several other children had already left home. Helena senior worked as a folder for a book binder, as did Alice. Helena junior was a dressmaker, Frederick was a brewer’s clerk and Percy was a milk carrier.
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.
1911 to 1955
In 1911 the inhabitants were George and Maria Buck. 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 www.ancestry.com. For Frank and Ernest Meadows, UK Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919, at www.ancestry.com.