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35 Sturton Street

The Family of a Wood Carver

1881 – 1916

Head of Household in 1881 is James Lincoln, a 37 year old wood carver from Norwich.  He is married to Emma (nee Ayres), aged 36 and born in Cambridge.  They have three children in 1881.  Arthur James is 7, Agnes Emma is 5 and Frederick J is 4.  All children attend school

By 1891 Arthur is 17 and now an apprentice wood carver.  Agnes is an apprentice dressmaker.  Frederick is still at school, as is new daughter Louisa Ethel who is 7 years old.

Arthur married Matilda Mortlock in 1896.

In 1901 Frederick is now 23 and a scientific instrument maker. Louisa is 16 and a pupil teacher.

The 1911 census records that Emma and James have been married for 38 years and have four children.  Arthur is back at number 34 at the time the census and is still a wood carver, he is 37.  Frederick continues to make scientific instruments, he is 32.

Arthur died in 1911 and is buried in Mill Road Cemetery with his parents.  James died at 35 Sturton Street in 1914 and Emma in 1916.  There is more information about the family, and a picture, on the Mill Road Cemetery website.

Their daughter Louisa died in 1923, she is also buried in Mill Road.

1920 – 1936

Electoral registers show that John and Emily Fordham were living here between 1920 and 1936.  They have moved from 43 Sturton Street.


Claude Flood and his wife Hilda live here in 1939.  Claude’s occupation is unclear on the form, but he used to be a baker and is listed as a full time ARP.  Claude lived at 10 Ainsworth Street as a child.  His parents now live next door at 39 Sturton Street.

Sources – 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 UK Census, Mill Road Cemetery, Cambridgeshire Baptisms, Cambridgeshire Burials, Cambridgeshire Electoral Registers, Burgess Rolls and Poll Books (1722-1966),


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