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46 Ainsworth Street

A Carpenter, a Bootmaker and a Coal Porter

Number 46 is one of a terrace of four houses standing on the east side of Ainsworth Street.


Walter J Thompson, 31, Carpenter, b. Kingston, Cambridgeshire

Mary Thompson, 33, b. Burwell, Cambridgeshire

Lily G Thompson, 3, b. Cambridge


William John Tiplady, a 31-year-old bootmaker from Cambridge is living here with his wife Alice (nee Greenwood).  They married in 1886.

Between 1901 and 1911 they are living at 86 Ainsworth Street.

1901 – 1939

William Shepherd, 27, a coal porter on the Great Eastern Railway, is living here with his wife Julia (26) by 1901. They have two small daughters, Lizzie (3) and Elsie Maud (16 months).

By 1911 Lizzie is now 13 (and going by her full name of Elizabeth) and Elsie is 11.  There are three more children in the family, William Albert (8), May Victoria (5) and Frederick Samuel (1).  The Census records that William and Julia had eight children, five of whom are still living.

William is still living at number 46 in 1939. He is now a Widowed Pensioner living with his son William Albert.  The younger William is a painter’s labourer.

Sources – 1881, 1891, 1901 & 1911 Census, 1939 Register


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