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6 Ainsworth Street

6 Ainsworth Street

Number 6 is one of a terrace of three houses on the east side of Ainsworth Street.

1881 census

John F Human, head, 22, carpenter & joiner, b. Isleham, Cambridgeshire
Alice M Human, wife, 21, b. Isleham, Cambridgeshire
Ernest J Human, son, 4 months, b. Isleham, Cambridgeshire

1891 census

John E Jaggs, head, 47, painter’s labourer, b. Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire
Eliza Jaggs, wife, 45, b. Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire
Martha Jaggs, daughter, 20, dressmaker, b. Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire
George Jaggs, son, 15, house boy, b. Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire
Hilda Jaggs, daughter, 4, b. Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire
Henry W King, lodger, 51, living on his own means, b. Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire

John Ellis Jaggs and Eliza Clayton were married in 1866. By 1901 the Jaggs family – and their lodger – had moved to Melbourn Place.

In later years George Jaggs became a painter. During WWI he served with the Royal West Surrey Regiment and in the Middlesex Regiment, 326 (Home Service) Labour Company. He is buried in Mill Road Cemetery with his wife Fanny.

Hilda Jaggs in later life. Used with permission from her granddaughter.

1901 census

James T Howlett, head, 47, railway fireman, b. Cambridge
Mary A Howlett, wife, 47, b. Cambridge
Edith S Howlett, daughter, 23, tailoress, b. Cambridge
Albert E Howlett, son, 19, boiler maker GER, b. Cambridge
Arthur R Howlett, son, 17, errand boy, b. Cambridge
James F Howlett, son, 13, errand boy, b. Cambridge
Henry J Howlett, son, 11, b. Cambridge
Percy W Howlett, son, 8, b. Cambridge
Ernest S Howlett, son, 5, b. Cambridge
Reginald D Howlett, son, 2, b. Cambridge
Amy Howlett, daughter, 6 months, b. Cambridge

Edith Sophia Howlett married Walter Dixon in 1904. Sarah Ann Howlett married Albert Woolnough by 1908.

Albert Edward Howlett moved to Nottinghamshire, where he married Maria Tebbett in 1907 and became a boiler smith for the Great Northern Railway. In 1918 he joined the National Union of Railwaymen.

Several of the sons attended Barnwell Boys’ School: Percy 1902 –1907,  Ernest 1902–1909, Reginald 1905–1912.

1911 census

James Howlett, head, 57, fireman GER, b. Cambridge
Mary Howlett, wife, 57, b. Cambridge
Arthur Howlett, son, 27, porter, hotel, b. Cambridge
Percy Howlett, son, 17, plumber, building [trade] b. Cambridge
Ernest Howlett, son, 15, ? operator, builder, b. Cambridge
Reginald Howlett, son, 12, b. Cambridge
Amy Howlett, daughter, 10, b. Cambridge
Sarah Ann Woolnough, daughter, 31, b. Cambridge
Edith Woolnough, grandchild, 3, b. Cambridge
Galadys Woolnough, grandchild, 2, b. Cambridge
John Woolnough, grandchild, 1, b. Cambridge
(James and Mary Howlett married 34 years, 11 children of which 1 died)
(Sarah Ann Woolnough married 4 years, 3 children)

Arthur Robert Howlett served as a Private in the Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion. He died of his wounds in France and is buried in Dive Copse Cemetery.

James Frederick Howlett had joined the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners in June 1910, and in 1911 he transferred to Brisbane. He married Catherine Milligan in 1913 and they lived in Townsville, QLD. In 1933 he stood for Alderman of Townsville. He died in 1948 – Obituary in Townsville Daily Bulletin.

Henry John Howlett was living with his brother Albert in 1911. During the First World War he joined the Royal Engineers as a Sapper. In 1917 he qualified as a superior carpenter and married Hannah Hawkes at the Congregational Chapel in Chesterton.

Percy Wilfred Howlett served with the 228th Field Company of the Royal Engineers as a Pioneer. He died in Belgium on 9 August 1918. His memorial is in Vis-en-Artois

Ernest Sidney Howlett moved to Towcester and married Gertrude Payne in 1920.

Reginald Donald Howlett married Hilda Brown in 1923. By 1939 Reginald and Hilda were living at Hillside Farm in Foxton with his brother Henry.

By 1911 James and Mary Howlett had been married for 34 years and ten of their eleven children were still alive. James died in 1916.

1921 census

Mary Ann Howlett, head, 67, widowed, home duties, b. Cambridge
Reginald Howlett, son, 22, plumber, b. Cambridge
Amy Howlett, daughter, 20, tailoress, b. Cambridge
Violet Clarke, boarder, single, 23, shop assistant, china & glass, b. Hampstead, London

Reginald Howlett was working as a plumber for builders & decorators Arthur Negus & Son, of 52 Regent Street. Amy worked as a tailoress for A. Bodger & Co of 12–14 Sidney Street.

Lodger Violet Clarke was working in the China & Glass department of the Universal Stores on Fitzroy Street.

Mary Ann continued to live at no. 6 until her death on 29 January 1932. She and James are buried in  Mill Road Cemetery. The 1933 Electoral Register shows Amy continuing to live here with Violet Clark. Amy and Violet moved to 6 Hartington Grove. Amy never married, and lived at 6 Hartington Grove until her death in 1965.

1939 register

Percy Charles Moule, b. 7 Aug 1904, manager fire fitter
Iris Moule, b. 18 Nov 1906, housewife
One child (closed record)
Dorothy E A Rayment, b. 9 Sep 1911, tailoress
Margaret J Rayment, b. 7 Dec 1918, housekeeper
Two children (closed records)

The Electoral Register shows that Percy and Iris Moule were living here in 1934, and continued to live here until Percy died in 1958 aged 54. He is buried in Cambridge City Cemetery.

Kelly’s Directory for 1964 and 1967 shows Mrs I Moule still living at no. 6.

Sources: UK census records (1881 to 1911), General Register Office birth, marriage and death indexes (1837 onwards), the 1939 England and Wales Register, The Long, Long Trail, British Army Service Records 1914-1920, Townsville Daily Bulletin (Thu 26 Jun 1913, Tues 4 Apr 1933 & Mon 2 Feb 1948), Trade Union Membership Registers, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914, Kelly’s Directory of Cambridgeshire (1964, 1967), and Cambridgeshire, England, Electoral Registers, Burgess Rolls and Poll Books (1914-1966), Mill Road Cemetery, FindAGrave,


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