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66 Ainsworth Street

An Errand Boy and a Widowed Sick Nurse

Number 66 is one of a terrace of four houses with front gardens on the east side of Ainsworth Street.


The only person at this property on this night in 1881 is  the lodger, 16-year-old errand boy, Benjamin Hinde from Olney in Buckinghamshire.  We don’t know how long he lived here, but we do know that in January 1882 he joined the Suffolk Regiment, claiming to be 19.  By 1888 he was married to Rebecca Stevens in Swaffham Prior.  He then served in the military until 1903 and then joined the Reservists as a Sergeant Major during World War 1.

Electoral registers don’t show anyone living here before 1883 who was registered to vote.

1883 – 1894

The 1891 Census shows Sarah Claybourne, a 76-year-old sick nurse originally from Teversham as the only person living at the property.  She is widowed. The Electoral Registers show how long she lived here.

1901 – 1921

Head of  household is George William Richford, a 32-year-old Bookbinder.  He is married to Emma, 31, who is originally from Brighton.  They have a 4-year-old son called Arthur.

The 1911 census records that they have now been married for 16 years and Arthur is their only child. The Electoral Registers show how long they lived here.

Source – 1881, 1891, 1901 & 1911 Census, UK, British Army World War I Pension Records 1914-1920, Cambridgeshire, England, Electoral Registers, Burgess Rolls and Poll Books, 1722-1966


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