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77 Kingston Street

Railway Policeman & a Widow

77 Kingston Street was previously part of the shop ownership at number 78 and sat on the odd numbered side of street, but more recently it has been numbered as 78a, date of renumbering in mid 1900s.

78a Kingston Street was previously numbered 77


The property doesn’t appear on the 1881 Census.


In 1891, 77 Kingston Street is home to Charles Denny, aged 43, from Essex, who is married to Annie Denny, a 44 year old born in Barbados, though searching reveals no further information. Charles Denny works as a Railway Policeman, which doesn’t mean that he was a policeman in the modern sense, as in the early days of the railways a ‘policeman’ was in charge of trains ran on the right lines and apart from one another.


By 1901, 77 Kingston Street is home to Sarah Farr, a 62 year old widow, living on her own means. She has a boarder, 70 year old widower George Watkins, a Coal Dealer from Ipswich.


In 1911, Number 77 is home to the Edwards family. Elizabeth Ann Edwards, a 58 year old from Salisbury, is married to Harry Alfred Edwards, a 66 year old Machineman from Cambridge. They have one son, Thomas Edwards, aged 18, working as a boiler maker’s apprentice. Alongside this, they have a boarder, 20 year old Clarence Victor Howards from Haddenham, a fitter’s apprentice, meaning it is likely that Harry, Thomas and Victor all work for the same company, as they all work in the same industry.

Sources: 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 UK Census, Spalding Trade Directory 1895, Land Tax 1910, Ordnance Survey Town Plan 1888,


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