Capturing Cambridge
  • search
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

51 Ainsworth Street

Two Railway Firemen and two Pensisoner sisters

Number 51 is one of a terrace of four houses on the west side of Ainsworth Street.


John T Wilson, 30, Fireman on GER, b. Newmarket, Cambridgeshire

Harriet J Wilson, 38, b. Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire

Rebecca S Wilson, 4, b. Cambridge

William T Wilson, 2, b. Cambridge

Gertrude J Wilson, 4 months, b. Cambridge


Head of Household is Frederick Hasdell Allen, a 31-year-old, fireman on the railway.  He is originally from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.  His wife is Sarah, 36, who was born in March, Cambridgeshire.

They have a five year old son called George Hasdell who is at school.

By 1901 they have moved to 104 Ainsworth Street, where they are still living in 1911.  Frederick becomes a railway engine driver and dies in 1934, giving his address as 102 Ainsworth Street, his son’s house.

Frederick, Sarah, George and his wife Agnes are all buried in Mill Road Cemetery.


Jane Bowers, widow, 78, Pensioner from Parish, b. Landbeach, Cambridgeshire

Mary Mansfield, 88, Jane’s sister, 88, Pensioner from Parish, b. Landbeach, Cambridgeshire

Edward G Gates, 22, Boarder, Boot and Shoemaker working from home, b. Whaplode, Lincolnshire

Elizabeth Gates, 21, Boarder, Laundress working from home, b. Rawtenstall, Lancashire

Arthur G M Gates, 1, son of Boarder, b. Cambridge


Walter Fordham, 35, plumber and painter, b. Cambridge

Susannah Fordham, 30, b. Ashdon, Essex

Walter and Susannah are 4 years married and have no children.

Sources – 1881, 1891, 1901 & 1911 Census, England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995, Mill Road Cemetery,


Do you have any information about the people or places in this article? If so, then please let us know using the Contact page or by emailing

Dear Visitor,


Thank you for exploring historical Cambridgeshire! We hope you enjoy your visit.


Did you know that we are a small, independent Museum and that we rely on donations from people like you to survive?


If you love Capturing Cambridge, and you are able to, we’d appreciate your support today.


Every donation makes a world of difference.


Thank you,

The Museum of Cambridge