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30 Ainsworth Street

G.E.R. worker and Coal Merchants

Number 30 is one of a terrace of five houses standing on the east side of Ainsworth Street.


Walter Brooks, 33, Goods Guard on GER, b Waterbeach

Emma Brooks, 28, b Stretham, Cambs

Walter J Brooks, 8, Scholar, b Stretham, Cambs

Mildred Brooks, 4, Scholar, b Stretham, Cambs

Martha C Brooks, 3 months, b Cambridge

1885 EDWARDS – Nov.16, at 30 Ainsworth Street, Cambridge, Clifford Aston Edwards, aged 15 months.

1891 – 1901

Samuel Braybrook, 45, coal merchant orginally from Elsworth is head of household.  His wife Jane (41) is originally from Linton.

In 1891 they have two sons at home, both school children.  Frederick is 12 and Harry is 6.

By 1901 Frederick has left home and Harry is now 16 and a porter.

In 1911 the family can be found at 99 Ainsworth Street.


This family previously lived at 32 Ainsworth Street.

Head of household in 1911 is Henry Newman, a 49 year old bricklayer’s labourer.  He is married to Amelia (nee Bradford), also 49.  The couple have three children living with them.  William John is 19 and a bricklayer like his father.  Oliver Victor (13) and Cecil George (11) are both still at school.

The 1911 census records that Henry and Amelia have been married for 26 years and have had 7 children, four of whom have died.

William served with the 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment in World War 1.  He was killed in action on the 28th April 1917.  William is buried in the Browns Copse Cemetery, Roeux.

Oliver served with the Yorkshire Regiment in World War 1. He was discharged on the 18th July 1918.  He married Fanny and he can be found on the 1921 Census living on Occupation Road, and working as a hairdresser.  Fanny and Oliver have a daughter called Violet Elsie.  He died in 1922 aged 24.

Cecil joins the National Union of Railwaymen in 1917, he works as a Lamp Lad.

On the 1921 census Harry records that he is a general labourer for Rutter and Kett builders of Station Road, but he is out of work.  Cecil (spelled ‘Sissel’ on this record) is 21 and an Acting Fireman for the Great Eastern Railway.

Cecil married Ruth Webb in 1922.  His occupation is given as ‘Fireman’.  They lived on Broad Street.  Cecil was killed on the line at Cambridge on March 23rd, 1927.  He and Ruth had a son named Ronnie.

Sources: UK census records (1881 to 1921), England & Wales Marriages (1837-2005),, Soldiers Died in the Great War (1914-1919), British Army World War I Medal Rolls Index Cards (1914-1920), Silver War Badge Roll (1914-1920), Cambridgeshire Marriages,


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