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3 Milford Street

A tailor, a boiler maker, a tennis coach and a wheelwright

3 Milford Street is in a terrace of 11 houses on the south side of the street, with a plaque reading Clara Terrace 1869. The terrace was built by property developer and coach builder John Burford, and he named it after his daughter.

1871 census

Walter Green, head, 22, tailor, b. Chesterton, Cambridgeshire
Henrietta Green, wife, 23, b. St Ives, Huntingdonshire
Clara M Green, daughter, 1 month, b. Cambridge
Maria Long, mother-in-law, 62,  independent property [?], b. Ipswich, Suffolk
Philadelphia Spinks, mother, 62, nurse, b. Sturmer, Essex

Henrietta Green’s mother Maria Long was also the mother of Thomas Maile, who lived at #5 the same year, and Anna Maria Howell, with whom she was living at 27 Gwydir Street in 1881.

Philadelphia Spinks is described as ‘mother’ in the census but seems to be unrelated. She was staying with the family as a nurse to look after baby Clara.

1881 census

George W Golding, head, 36, boiler maker for Great Eastern railway, b. Long Melford, Suffolk
Susan Golding, wife, 33, b. Cambridge
George James Golding, son, 11, scholar, b. Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
Harriett E Golding, daughter, 9, scholar, b. Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
Harry Owen Golding, son, 6, scholar, b. Cambridge
Kathleen Golding, daughter, 4, scholar, b. Cambridge
Frederic John Golding, son, 1, b. Cambridge

In 1879 George Golding signed a petition asking for sewers to be built in Milford Street.

George Golding was born in rural Suffolk but his early career took him to Wolverhampton, where his two eldest children were born. By the time of  the 1871 census the family lived in Stafford Road, Wolverhampton, and George is described as ‘Boiler Smith at Works’. This suggests that he worked at the Stafford Road Locomotive Works, which built and maintained locomotives from 1849 up to 1964:

1891 census

William E Dealtry, head, 26, teacher of tennis, b. Cambridge
Kate Dealtry, wife, 26, b. Cambridge
Douglas Dealtry, son, 6 months, b. Cambridge

William Dealtry was the son of a boot maker and a college maid, but carved out a career in sport. By the late 1890s he and his wife Kate had moved to Brighton, where three of their four children were born, and in 1911 they were living in a suburb of Leamington Spa, where William’s occupation was given as ‘tennis professional’.

1901 census

Charles Rawlings, head, 71, millwright, b. Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire
Phoebe Rawlings, wife, 73, b. Cambridge
Jane Rawlings, daughter, 34, b. Cambridge
William Rawlings, son, 32, fishmonger’s assistant, b. Cambridge

Charles Rawlings was a millwright, a skilled occupation that entailed construction and maintenance of heavy machinery in mills and factories. His father Thomas was a master millwright from Great Shelford, who had moved into Cambridge by 1851, running a business employing four men. Both father and son most likely played an important part in the early years of Cambridge industry

1911 census

Charles Rawlings, head, 81, retired millwright, b. Great Shelford
Phoebe Elizabeth Rawlings, wife, 83, b. Cambridge
William Charles Rawlings, son, 42, general labourer, b. Cambridge
Jane King Rawlings, daughter, 44, house keeping, b. Cambridge
Married 53 years, 5 children of which 1 died

1939 England and Wales register

Jane K Rawlings, 16 October 1866, single, unpaid domestic duties


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.

History of Stafford Road Locomotive Works:


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