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80 Sturton Street

Coal and Wood Dealer

1881 – 1902

Head of household in 1881 is James Franklin, a 26 year old railway porter.  He was born in Little Wilbraham, Cambridgeshire and is married to 27 year old Emma (nee Chilvers).  She was born in March, Cambridgeshire.

The couple have three young children.  Herbert J is 5, Agnes M is 3 and baby Emma is just 7 months.

By 1891 the family have moved to March. However, James’ parents have moved into the property.

Frederick Franklin is 62 and a coal and wood dealer.  He was born in Great Wilbraham like his son.  He is married to Jane who was born in Bow, London.  The couple have two of their children living with them.  Henry is 25 and a general labourer.  Jessie Louise is 12 and still at school.

In early 1901 Jessie married James Mayle Phillips. The couple can be found on the 1901 census living over the road at 81 Sturton Street.  In 1911 they are living at 4 Ainsworth Street (link has photo of Jessie and her sisters).

Frederick, Jane and Henry continue to live here in 1901.  Frederick is now a jobbing gardener.

On the 5th September 1902 the Cambridge Daily News reported on how Cambridge celebrated the Coronation of King Edward VII.  In particular they described the “Old People’s Tent”, which contained “a large number of people who were present at the Cambridge festivites on the occasion of the late Queen’s Coronation”.  The article then went on to list the names, ages and addresses of the old people who were present.  This list includes “Mr. Franklin, 80 Sturton Street (74)”.

Frederick and Henry both died in 1907.  Jane died in 1909.


Ashley Robinson, head, 29, married, tinsmith for Signal Dept Railway Co, b. Cambridge
Katie Robinson, wife, 31, married, b. Balsham, Cambridgeshire
Frederick James Robinson, son, 4, single
Stanley Edward Robinson, son, 1, single
Married 7 years, 2 children

Source –  1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 UK Census, Civil Registration Marriage Index (1837-1915),

Cambridge Daily News 5th September 1902,


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