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36 Abbey Walk

A brickworks labourer and a Linotype operator

36 Abbey Walk is one of a terrace of six houses built in the 1890s and referred to as Rosa Terrace in some early census records.

1901 census for 3 Rosa Terrace, Abbey Walk

Frederick Maltby, head, 33, general labourer, b. Cambridge
Priscilla Maltby, wife, 31, b. Cambridge
Francis Maltby, son, 12, b. Cambridge
Grace Maltby, daughter, 10, b. Cambridge
Ethel Maltby, daughter, 8, b. Cambridge
Ralph Maltby, son, 3, b. Cambridge
William Lilley, boarder, 24, coach driver, b. Aylsham, Norfolk

In 1891 the Maltby family lived at 4 Abbey Walk, part of the street that was later demolished in the 1960s.

1911 census for 36 Rosa Terrace, Abbey Walk

Frederick Maltby, head, 43, engineer driver, brick making, b. Cambridge
Priscilla Maltby, wife, 41, b. Cambridge
Grace Maltby, daughter, 20, shop assistant, b. Cambridge
Ethel Maltby, daughter, 18, domestic servant, b. Cambridge
Ralph Maltby, son, 13, at school, b. Cambridge
George Maltby, son, 9, at school, b. Cambridge
Sylvia Maltby, daughter, 7, at school, b. Cambridge
Eric Maltby, son, 5, at school, b. Cambridge
Married 23 years, 7 children

Frederick Maltby probably worked for the nearby brickworks that once filled up the triangle of land between Newmarket Road, Coldham’s Lane and the railway line – now occupied by Cambridge Retail Park.  An aerial photograph of 1928, made available by Historic England, indicates the enormous scale of the works:

1939 England and Wales register

William H Barron, 24 Sep 1888, married, Linotype operator
Daisy B Barron, 17 Apr 1885, married, unpaid domestic duties
One child [closed record]

As a Linotype operator, William Barron may have worked at the printing press for a local newspaper. He is listed as living at 36 Abbey Walk in trade directories from 1915 to 1955.

From 1956 until at least 1966 the residents were Ramon and Marie Abbs. Ramon had grown up on the street, as had his father Cecil. For several years in the late 1950s and early 1960s the Abbs family occupied three houses in the terrace: 33, 36 and 38.


UK census records (1841 to 1911), General Register Office birth, marriage and death indexes (1837 onwards), the 1939 England and Wales Register, electoral registers, and trade directories.


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