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58 Ainsworth Street

An Engine Driver and a Police Constable

Orleans Terrace – number 58 is one of a terrace of six houses on the east side of Ainsworth Street, built in 1877.


Robert Tate, 39, Engine Driver on GER, b. Cambridge
Sarah Tate, 42, b. Yaxley, Huntingdonshire
Ellen Tate, 13, Scholar, b. Ely, Cambridgeshire
Hannah Tate, 8, Scholar, b. Cambridge
Emily Tate, 6, Scholar, b. Cambridge
Fanny Tate, 4, Scholar, b. Cambridge
Thomas Tate, 2, b. Cambridge
William Tate, 3 months, b. Cambridge


Head of Household is Charles Gales, a 33-year-old Police Constable, who was born in St Helier, Jersey.  He is married to Susan who was born in Kentish Town.

They have three school age children.  Florence is 9, Gertrude is 5 and Frances is 3.  The girls were all born in Cambridge.

It is unclear what happened to this family. It’s possible that a mistake was made recording the surname “Gales”.


Joseph J Beard, 49, Railway Signalman, b. Barton, Cambridgeshire
Susan Beard, 40, b. Barton, Cambridgeshire
Lilias A Beard, 19, b. Cambridge
John Beard, 15, Accounts Clerk, b. Cambridge
Arthur Beard, 12, b. Cambridge
David Beard, 11, b. Cambridge
Edith Beard, 8, b. Cambridge
Bennie B Beard, 6, b. Cambridge
Ernest Beard, 4, b. Cambridge
Percy L Beard, 3 months, b. Cambridge

Joseph and Susan are buried in Mill Road Cemetery.

Joseph Beard gave evidence at the fatal accident involving John Robinson in 1900.


George Argent, 33, wood sawyer at joinery works, b. Cambridge
Rachel Argent, 31, b. Great Thurlow, Suffolk
Gracie Argent, 9, school, b. Cambridge
Harry Argent, 5, school, b. Cambridge
May Argent, 2, b. Cambridge

George and Rachel are 10 years married and have 3 children.

DOMESTIC DIFFERENCES: A machinist, named George Argent, of 58 Ainsworth Street, was summoned for assaulting Esther Pleasants, a young married woman, of 51 Ainsworth Street on August 13th.

Complainant said defendant was her brother-in-law, and there were some domestic differences between them.  On the day named defendant came to witness’ house and struck her.  Witness, in answer to defendant, said she threw a piece of wood at him after he assaulted her.

George Biggs, a coachman, of 49 Ainsworth Street, spoke to witnessing the assault.  He saw defendant strike the complainant a violent blow with his fist.  Witness at once intervened, and prevented the defendant from hitting the woman again.

Mrs. Beatrice Biggs, wife of the last witness, corroborated.

Defendant, in the witness box, said his mother-in-law had been carrying tales between his wife and complainant. Defendant said he hit the complainant, but he had great provocation.

Rachel Argent, wife of the defendant, said that in consequence of what she said to her husband the latter went over to complainant’s house.  Witness followed, and Mrs. Pleasants caught hold of her and beat her.  Witness’ husband then hit Mrs. Pleasants.

The Bench said there seemed to be some feeling between the parties.  Both ladies in the case should bear and forbear.  However, there had been no justification for the defendant striking a woman.

Defendant, who conducted his own case in a very business-like way, was fined 5s. and £1 costs.” Cambridge Daily News 15 August 1913


George Argent, 43, wood machinist for J. R. Bennett & Sons, Builders and Contractors of 111A Catharine Street, Cambridge
Ruth Argent, 41, home duties
Grace Millicent, 19, jam bottler for Chivers & Sons in Histon
Harry George, 15, apprentice book binder for Cox & Allen of 7 St. Andrew’s Hill
May Dorothy, 12, school child

Source – 1881, 1891, 1901 & 1911 Census, Mill Road Cemetery,


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