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40 York Street

The Chapman Family


This property is not on the 1881 Census.

1883 – 1911

Henry Alfred Chapman married Caroline Brand in 1867.  They had two children, Annie Elizabeth and Henry.  Annie died in December 1871, she was two.  In 1874, Caroline died and Henry moved back in with his parents at 38 Staffordshire Street.

In late 1881 Henry married Harriet Sarah Harradine and, by 1883, they are living at 40 York Street.  The 1891 census records the couple with a daughter Alice (8) and a son, Alfred, aged 5. Henry is employed as a painter.

Alfred died at home in 40 York Street after a short illness, in March 1900, aged 14.  It was reported in the Cambridge Chronicle and Journal that he was a Trinity College Chorister, the funeral in Mill Road Cememtery was attended by his schoolfellows from the Perse School and also choristers from Corpus Christi College where Alfred was a former member.  The current Trinity College choristers sang in the chapel and at the graveside.

By 1901 Henry and Harriet are living with their daughter Alice, now 18, and Harriet’s 77 year old mother, Harriet Harradine.

Henry died in 1904 aged 56.

Alice married William Gant Hall Kirk in 1908 and they moved to St. Albans.

In 1911 there is a 28 year old, widowed, Harriet Chapman living at 40 York Street with her 5 month old daughter Harriet.  She records that she was married for nine years and had three children, two of whom have died.

There is no indication of who this is and how she relates to the Chapman family who were here in earlier years.  Electoral registers show a Harriet Chapman registered at 40 York Street between 1905 (just after Henry dies) and 1915.

Harriet Sarah died in 1916, aged 61, living at 40 York Street. She can’t be found on the 1911 Census.

Sources: 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 UK Census,
National Burial Index For England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (1858-1995), Cambridge Chronicle and Journal 23 March 1900, National Burial Index For England & Wales,


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