Capturing Cambridge
  • search
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

56 Ainsworth Street

Two Generations of Carpenters

Orleans Terrace – number 56 is one of a terrace of six houses on the east side of Ainsworth Street, built in 1877.

1881 – 1911

The Yaxley family, orginally from Norfolk, live in this property for many years.

In 1881, 73-year-old carpenter and joiner Thomas Yaxley and his wife Ann (77) are living here with their Grandson Frederick Harvey.  Frederick is 25 and a Railway Clerk. Thomas and Ann previously lived on Gwydir Street.

Thomas died in 1882.

By 1891 Thomas and Ann’s son, also called Thomas and a carpenter like his father, has moved into number 56 with his wife Lucy and their family.

Thomas and Lucy married on 11th February 1869 in Stansted Mountfitchett. They lived in Stansted before moving to Cambridge where they appear on the 1881 Census at 78 Sturton Street.

They have six children living with them at this point (the 1911 Census records that they have seven children in total and six have survived).  Alfred is 19 and an assistant in a shop, George is 15 and a milk seller, Ann is 13 and has no occupation recorded although she isn’t a scholar.

Amy is 10, John is 7 and Charles is just 8 months old.  Amy and John are both still at school.  All of the children were born in Cambridge.

By 1901 Thomas and Lucy’s children have mostly left home, with the exception of Charles who is only 10.  By 1911 Charles is working on the railway as a cleaner.

Lucy died in 1911, Charles in 1930 and Thomas in 1931.


Florence J. Watts, widowed Charwoman, born 1884.

Sources – 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 & 1911 Census, Essex Marriages And Banns 1537-1935, Norfolk, England, Transcripts of Church of England Baptism, Marriage and Burial Registers, 1600-1935, England & Wales Deaths 1838-2007, Norfolk Bishop’s Transcripts Baptisms, Norfolk, England, Transcripts of Church of England Baptism, Marriage and Burial Registers, 1600-1935, England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007, 1939 Register


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