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54 Ainsworth Street

54 Ainsworth Street

Number 54 is one of a terrace of six houses, called Orleans Terrace, on the east side of Ainsworth Street, built in 1877.

1881 census

Richard Wilson, head, 30, engine fireman on LNWR, b. Chesterton, Cambridgeshire
Emily Wilson, wife, 28, b. Chesterton, Cambridgeshire
Elizabeth Wilson, daughter, 9, scholar, b. Chesterton, Cambridgeshire
Thomas Wilson, son, 7, scholar, b. Chesterton, Cambridgeshire
Geo. Wilson, son, 5, scholar, b. Chesterton, Cambridgeshire
Joseph B Wilson, son, 1, b. Cambridge

1891 census

Mary Dawson, widow, 60, dealer, b. Cambridge

Mary Dawson is a dealer, and the enumerator has added the word ‘shop’, but the census doesn’t clarify what she sells.

Census records and Electoral Registers between 1891 and 1922 link this property with widowed jam factory worker Elizabeth Dawson, born around 1851. It is not clear how (or if) Elizabeth was related to Mary Dawson.

1901 census

Elizabeth Dawson, head, widow, 49, factory hand, b. Cambridge

1911 census

Elizabeth Dawson, head, widow, 60, jam factory, b. Cambridge

1921 census

Elizabeth Dawson, head, widow, 72, fruit floor (unpacking), Chivers, Histon, b. Cambridge

Sources: 1881–1921 UK Census, Cambridgeshire, England, Electoral Registers, Burgess Rolls and Poll Books, 1722-1966


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