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5 York Terrace

The History of 5 York Terrace

This property was not on the Census between 1881 and 1911.  The Spaldings Directory for 1913 numbers it as 3a.

Spaldings Directory 1913: Christopher G. Tompkins, relieving stationmaster, L. & N.W.R.

Spaldings Directory 1915: D. Crown, carpenter.  This is probably David Crown, the father of James who lives here in 1921.

Spaldings Directory 1919-20: Christopher G. Tompkins, relieving stationmaster, L. & N.W.R.  The Cambridgeshire Electoral Register records Christopher Grantham Tompkins at 3a York Terrace between 1918 and 1919.  At the time of the 1921 Census, Christopher is boarding Bovington, Hertfordshire.  He must travel a lot with his job.


James John Crown, 28, born in the Parish of St. Andrew the Less, carpenter and joiner for Chivers & Sons Jam Manufacturer of Histon
Susannah Crown, born in Barrington, Cambridgeshire
Gordon James Crown, 19 months, born in the Parish of St. ANdrew the Less

James joined the Royal Flying Corps in November 1915 as an Air Mechanic, 2nd Class.  By the time the RFC became the RAF on the 1st April 1918, James has risen to the rank of Flight Sergeant.  James is recorded as 5’8″, with a mole on his right shin and a scar on his right knee.  He served in France from 19th March 1916 to 22nd January 1918.

His record shows that he married Susannah on the 23rd February 1918.  The address given is 42 Warkworth Street, which is where his parents are living on the 1911 Census.

Spaldings Directory 1922-23: D. Crown, carpenter

The 1930 Electoral Register records James as living here, but also as having a workshop on Tennis Court Terrace.  The family has moved to 7 Clarendon Road by 1931.

Sources: 1881-1921 UK Census, Spaldings Directory (1913, 1915, 1919-20, 1922-23), Cambridgeshire Electoral Registers (1722-1966), British Army Service Records,


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