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52 Ainsworth Street

Bootmaker and a Milliner

Orleans Terrace – number 52 is one of a terrace of six houses on the east side of Ainsworth Street, built in 1877.

1881 – 1901

The Dare Household are living in number 52  between 1881 and 1901.  Husband George is missing from the 1881 Census, just Harriet (49) and their Milliner daughter Naomi (14) are present.

Bootmaker George from Essex is back by 1891, aged 53.  However, by 1901 Harriet is living alone at number 52 and it doesn’t record her as Widowed.  So George is missing again.

Naomi married Wiliam Edward Munns, a Poulterer, in 1888 and they move to West Kensington.  In April 1929, the West London Observer reports that Naomi, now aged 62, “slipped on a piece of fruit skin when about to step on the kerb.”  She later died from her injuries.


Herbert Hills, 34, cement miller at the cement works, b. Barton

Ellen Hills, 30, b. Balsham

Percy William Hills, 9, b. Cambridge

Sidney Arthur Eade, 29, Boarder, Milkman, b. Melton

Herbert and Ellen have been married for 10 years and have 1 child.


H.W. Pleasants, 40, born Long Melford, Suffolk.  Under training as a house painter.  Employer: Mr. F. Bailey, Decorator, 11 Victoria Park, New Chesterton,

Esther Pleasants, 43, born Thurlow, Suffolk. Home Duties.

Evelyn Pleasants, 14, born Cambridge.

Leslie Pleasants, 11, born Cambridge, full time scholar.

Owen Pleasants, 6, born Cambridge, full time scholar.

In 1911 this family lived at 55 Ainsworth Street.  The Electoral Register records them living here until 1931.

Sources: 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 & 1921 Census, England & Wales Marriages 1837-2005, West London Observer 5 April 1929,


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