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29 Ainsworth Street

29 Ainsworth Street

Number 29 is one of a terrace of four houses standing on the west side of Ainsworth Street.

1881 census

Henry G Dicker, head, 40, fire lighter on GER, b. Cambridge
Elizabeth Dicker, wife, 37, b. Cambridge
Elanor Dicker, daughter, 15, b. Cambridge
Annie Dicker, daughter, 9, scholar, b. Cambridge
George Dicker, son, 8, scholar, b. Cambridge
Walter Dicker, son, 6, scholar, b. Cambridge
Isabella Dicker, daughter, 3, b. Cambridge
Thomas Dicker, son, 3, b. Cambridge
Margaret Dicker, daughter, 10 months, b. Cambridge

1891 census

George E Palmer, head, 41, fireman Great Eastern, b. Cambridge
Ann Palmer, wife, 41, b. Great Gonerby, Lincolnshire
George N Palmer, son, 11, scholar, b. Great Gonerby, Lincolnshire
Frederick A Palmer, son, 7, scholar, b. Cambridge

The enumerator was oddly specific when recording George Palmer’s place of birth and has written ‘Covent Garden, Cambridge’. Similarly, he wrote ‘Stone Street’ as place of birth for Frederick.

1901 census

Charles Rose, head, 38, railway signalman, b. Shelford, Cambridgeshire
Alice Rose, wife, 33, b. Bottisham, Cambridgeshire
Annie Rose, daughter, 16, dressmaker, b. Swavesey, Cambridgeshire
Harry Rose, son, 14, printer’s apprentice (compositor), b. Swavesey, Cambridgeshire
Ralph H Rose, son, 11, b. Swavesey, Cambridgeshire
Beatrice Rose, daughter, 9, b. Swavesey, Cambridgeshire
Eva M Rose, daughter, 6, b. Swavesey, Cambridgeshire
Doris Rose, daughter, 1, b. Cambridge

1911 census

Thomas Pinney, head, 32, blacksmith’s striker, GER, b. Ditton, Cambridgeshire
Louisa Pinney, wife, 31, laundress at home, b. Ditton, Cambridgeshire

The Electoral Register shows that the Pinneys lived here from 1903 to 1915.  Thomas Pinney was born in Ditton, but grew up at 31 York Street.  He married Louisa Fuller in 1902.

1921 census

Edward Ladds, head, 48, painter’s labourer, b. London
Priscilla Ladds, wife, 49, home duties, b. Wretton, Norfolk
George Ladds, son, 20, bookseller’s assistant, b. Cambridge
Albert Ladds, son, 9, b. Cambridge

Edward Ladds worked for Cambridge Borough Council on Mill Road. George Ladds worked for Messrs W H Smith & Sons at Cambridge Railway Station.

In 1915, aged 43, Edward joined the Labour Corps as a Private. His Service Record shows him living at 29 Ainsworth Street by late 1920. Census records and Electoral Registers tell us that the Ladds family previously lived at 15 Ainsworth Street and 20 Stone Street, and from 1926 they lived at 2 Ainsworth Street.

Sources: UK census records (1881 to 1921), World War 1 Service Records, Cambridgeshire Electoral Registers (1722-1966), Civil Registration Marriage Index (1837-1915),


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