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42 Ainsworth Street

A boiler maker and a G.E.R. worker

Number 42 is one of a terrace of four houses standing on the east side of Ainsworth Street.


Henry Marshall, 31, Boiler Maker, b. Brighton

Matilda Marshall, 30, b. Brighton

Matilda Marshall, 18 months, b. Cambridge


OBSCENE LANGUAGE – Jane Bell (26), married woman, of 42 Ainsworth Street, was charged with being drunk and using obscene language on Parker’s Piece, at 6.15pm, on the previous evening.  The Bench took into consideration the fact that the prisoner had been in custody all night, and discharged her with a caution.” Cambridge Independent Press 26 April 1890

Head of Household on the 1891 Census is Harry S Bull, a 36-year-old, fireman on the Great Eastern Railway, born in Cambridge.  He is married to Jane, aged 28.

The couple previously lived at 2 York Terrace.

Charles C Bull, 30, Boarder, Labourer, b. Cambridge


Bertie Gates, 24, College Servant, b. Cambridge

Alice Gates, 22, b. Newton, Cambridgeshire

Bertram A Gates, 6 months, b. Cambridge


Head of household in 1911 is Henry Thurston, a 46 year old coal porter for the Cambridgeshire Co-op Stores. He is married to 41 year old Alice (nee Taylor), and the census records that they have had nine children, four of whom have died.

Maud (born Alice Maud after her mother) is 20 and Gertrude is 18, both girls work at the Chivers Jam Factory. Fred (12), Jessie (8) and Stanley (4) are all school children.

Gertrude married George Rowell in 1918.  The 1921 census records that George is a fruit grower and market gardener, but hasn’t worked since leaving the Army.  There are two children, Margaret Thurston is 6 and Lilian Rowell is 2. The family lives at 2 Plantation Row.

Maud married engine attendant Harry Barton in 1918.  They lived at 28 Union Road.

The 1921 Census shows that Henry is now a widower.  Alice died in 1920.  Henry is still a coal porter and he works for Beales & Co. on Hills Road.  Fred is 22 and a caller up for the Great Eastern Railway.  Stanley isn’t working or attending school.  Rather than just stating that the boys were born in Cambridge, they have written ‘The Lees, Cambridge’.

Jessie is boarding at 150 Fitzroy Street.  She is employed as a window cleaner for the Cambridge Window Cleaning Company on James Street.

On the 1939 Register Stanley is living here with his wife Ethel Maud (nee Hudson), who he married in 1936.  Stanley works as a waiter.

Sources – 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 & 1921 UK Census, England & Wales Marriages (1837-2005), England & Wales Deaths (1837-2007),


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