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80 York Street

A Writer & Grainer

Henrietta Cottage


Number 80 isn’t on the 1881 Census.


Walter Hardy, 36, grainer and writer, b. Cambridge

Minnie Hardy, 32, b. Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire

Walter R Hardy, 13, b. Cambridge

Ernest Hardy, 9, scholar, b. Cambridge

Ethel M Hardy, 5, scholar, b. Cambridge

Gertrude A Hardy, 1, b. Cambridge

Harry Hardy, 3 months, b. Cambridge

A “writer & grainer” is a sign-writer who also painted false woodgrain finishes.

Walter and his family have moved from 86 Sturton Street and move to 89 Gwydir Street.


Thomas Blazley, 50, b. Baldock, Hertfordshire

Elizabeth Blazley, 49, b. Baldock, Hertfordshire

Minnie Blazley, 21, b. Baldock, Hertfordshire

Thomas Blazley, 18, b. Cambridge

William Blazley, 16, b. Cambridge

No occupation given for any member of this family, but they appear on the 1911 Census living at 80b York Street.


George William Dakin, 39, general labourer, b. Lavenham, Suffolk

Kate Maryann Dakin, 37, college bedmaker’s help, b. Long Melford

The couple have been married for 14 years and have no children.


Samuel Toulson Watts lives here with his wife Kate.  He is a builder’s labourer.  They lived, briefly, at 106B York Street in 1911.

Sources: 1881, 1891, 1901. 1911 UK Census,, Gwydir Street History, 1939 Register, Cambridgeshire Electoral Registers (1722-1966), 


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