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57 Ainsworth Street

Ex-Dragoon Sugar Boiler

Number 57 is a single property standing at the end of a terrace on the west side of Ainsworth Street.


Head of Household is Henry Dellow, a 36-year-old grocer who was born in Croydon.  His wife is Harriett, 40.

They have a 6 year old son called Henry who goes to school.

This family live at number 70 in 1891.

They are buried in Mill Road Cemetery.


Head of Household is William Doe, a 27-year-old, dealer in a shop.  He’s oiginally from Bury St Edmunds.  His wife Sarah, 30,was born in Ipswich.

Their eldest child Ada is 7 and was born in Ipswich as well.  3-year-old William was born in Sawston and one-year-old baby Frederick was born in Cambridge.

William and Sarah are buried in St Andrew’s Churchyard in Cherry Hinton.

1901 – 1915

The Horobin family live here having moved from 16a Abbey Street.

Alfred John Horobin is 62 years old and a sugar boiler working from home.  When he was younger he was a Dragoon in the 5th Royal Irish Lancers.  Whilst posted in India he married Elizabeth Grey and they at least 6 children. Elizabeth died in 1890.

In 1891 Alfred was declared bankrupt.

“Horobin said he was formerly in the army, and had since been a sugar boiler in Cambridge.  He had been a publican for a short time. He had been in Cambridge some 18 years, had kept no books and had been insolvent some years.  He had never been in business anywhere else besides Cambridge.” Saffron Walden Weekly News, 22nd May 1891

Alfred remarried in 1893.  His second wife Naomi lost her first husband in 1892 and they had two children.

In 1901 Alfred and Naomi have six children living with them.  Alfred, 15, the youngest son of Alfred and his first wife, Benjamin Bert Bagstaff (12) and Thomas Bagstaff (10), the two sons of Naomi and her first husband Frederick.  The youngest are Frank (6), Tom (5) and Norah (3).

In 1903 there is a fire at their property:

“FIRE – Owing to the interference of children with matches, a fire broke out on Saturday morning at 57 Ainsworth Street, premises owned by Mrs Cubitt and occupied by Alfred John Horobin. …the fire was extinguished with the loss of a wooden tiled shed … used as a sugar boiling room.  All articles destroyed were uninsured.” Herts & Cambs Reporter & Royston Crow, 17 July 1903

By 1911 Alfred is 71 and no longer working.  Naomi is recorded as a College Servant.  Benjamin is a lorry man and the two youngest boys Frank and Tom are errand boys.  Norah is still at School

Alfred died in 1925, Naomi in 1937.


William James Bone, 34, born in Poplar, London, steam wagon driver for Bolton Bros Furniture Removers of 40 Hills Road
Winifred Elizabeth Bone, 31, born in Poplar, London, Charwoman for the General Post Office Engineering Department at 24 Bateman Street
Winifred Irene Bone, 13, born in Poplar, London,
William James Cowlman Bone, 11, born in Poplar, London,
Leonard Archibald Bone, 9, born in Stratford, London,
Geoffrey Oswald Bone, 11 months, born in Cambridge,
Lillian Alice Oswald, boarder, 35, born in Poplar, London,

Source –UK Census (1881-1921), Saffron Walden Weekly News, 22nd May 1891, Herts & Cambs Reporter & Royston Crow, 17 July 1903, The Edinburgh Gazette, 24th April 1891, British India Office Marriages, England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007,, Mill Road Cemetery,


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