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36 Ainsworth Street

G.E.R. & a Sapper with the Royal Engineer's

Number 36 is one of a terrace of five houses standing on the east side of Ainsworth Street.


Head of household in 1881 is Andrew Bareford, a 26-year-old engine cleaner who works for the Great Eastern Railway.  He has been married to Ellen Elizabeth (nee Franklin) since 1876 and the couple have two children. Florence is four and Charles is 2.

The family are supplementing their income by taking in lodgers, and they have two in 1881.  Joseph Newman is 18 and a pilotman on the G.E.R. and Frederic Martin is 28 and a fireman for the G.E.R.

By 1891 the couple have moved round the corner to York Terrace, living in what is now number 1, but then was known as “opposite York Terrace”

1891 – 1945

Head of Household is George James Houghton, a 29-year-old, striker labourer, which means he works for a blacksmith. He previously lived at 12 Sturton Street.

George married Eliza Sanderson in West Wratting on the 24th March 1883. She is now 30.  They have two children in 1891, four year old Maud and 5-month-old Frank

In 1901 George is now a striker on the Great Eastern Railway.  No longer a labourer, which suggests he is moving up the ranks.  Maud, now 14, does Press Work.

By 1911 George is still a blacksmith’s striker for the GER. Maud is now a Tailoress (recorded as “Ethel Maud”) and Frank is a Baker’s Assistant. The family have a boarder, Christopher White, 23, he’s a Night Watchman at the Chemists.

Frank serves with the Royal Engineers as a Sapper during World War 1. During his Service he marries Dorothy Ida Flock. They both give Adam and Eve Row as their address, and Dorothy then lives at 1 Sturton Street.

On the 1921 census George continues to work as a blacksmith’s striker for the GER.

George died in 1927, still living at number 36.

Eliza Houghton remains at the property at least until 1939, where she appears on the 1939 Register with her daughter Ethel White (who is now 52 and no longer called Maud) and Roy White (23), a commercial motor mechanic.

Eliza died in November 1945 and is recorded as being “of 36 Ainsworth Street”.


UK Census, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911, Cambridgeshire Marriages, British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920, Cambridgeshire Burials, 1939 Register


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