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27 Sturton Street

The Family of a Carpenter


William Lucock, head, married, 42, railway inspector (G E), b. Hollesley, Suffolk
Isabella Lucock, wife, married, 47, b. Manningtree, Essex
Caroline H. Lucock, daughter, 15, scholar, b. Cambridge
Emily Lucock, daughter, 14, scholar, b. Cambridge
Fred Lucock, son, 13, scholar, b. Cambridge
Frank Lucock, son, 9, scholar, b. Newmarket, Cambridge
Mary Ann Curtis, sister-in-law, unmarried, 49, annuitant, b. Manningtree, Essex

1886 – 1911

Head of household in 1891 is John Hodson, a 33 year old carpenter and joiner from Finedon in Northamptonshire.  He is married to Annie (nee Kybird), a 38 year old from Old Buckenham, Norfolk. The electoral rolls show that the family has been living here from 1886.

The couple have three children.  Peregrine William is 13, Lucy May is 10 and Albert Victor is 9.  All three children were born in Thetford and they are recorded as attending school.

On the 1901 census John is still working as joiner.  Lucy is a dressmaker.

Peregrine is staying with his cousin, Fred Kybird, in Thetford.  He is now a carpenter and joiner like his father.  In 1905 he marries Louisa Dolton in Hammersmith.  Peregrine appears on the Cambridge Roll of Honour in March 1915.  He was 37 when he joined up.

Albert Victor is not on the 1901 census.  However, there is a son called “Alan A Hodson” instead.  Same birth year (1882) and also born in Thetford.  There are no birth records with this name, but Albert Victor seems to vanish.  It seems as though this is indeed the same person.

Alan is an accounts clerk. He married Winifred Nellie Elizabeth Hodson in 1915.  In 1939 the couple are living at West View, Stockbridge Road in Chichester.  Alfred is an ‘incorporated accountant in civil service, insurance audit department’. Winifred, as well as the usual ‘unpaid domestic duties’ is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.  The couple are buried at St. Mary-at-Finchley where there is a stained glass window in their memory.

John and Annie have had another son by 1901.  Percival John Horace is nine years old.

John Hodson died 1908, aged 50, and was buried on the 17th October 1908.

Lucy married Sidney Frederick Fox on Boxing Day 1910 at St. Barnabas.  Sidney grew up on Mawson Road, the son of a cabinet maker. In 1911 the couple are living in Wandsworth.  Sidney is a Royal Naval Outfitters assistant. The 1911 census records Lucy’s brother Percival staying with them.  He is employed as a hosier’s assistant.

On the 1911 Census Annie (now aged 53) records that she was married for thirty years and had five children, one of whom has died.  She has taken in a boarder, Norman Hunting (25), a wood and stone carver from Peterborough.

PAGE – Killed in Action, May 3rd, Private William Page, Royal West Kents, son of Mrs Page, of 27 Sturton Street.

Saffron Walden Weekly News 02 November 1917

Sources – 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 UK Census, England & Wales Births (1837-2006), Cambridgeshire Baptisms, Cambridgeshire Electoral Registers, Burgess Rolls and Poll Books (1722-1966), London Church of England Marriages and Banns (1754-1936), Cambridge Independent Press 26 March 1915,


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