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86 Ainsworth Street

86 Ainsworth Street

Number 86 is a mid-terrace houses on the east side of Ainsworth Street.

The 1871 census records 21 inhabited houses in Ainsworth Street, plus another 9 under construction. However, they are not numbered, and at present it is not possible to identify all of them.

1881 census

William F. Ellis, Head, 39, Boilersmith on G.E.R., Shoreditch, Middlesex
Elizabeth M. Ellis, Wife, 39, Plaistow, Essex
Florence E. Ellis, 14, Teacher (Pupil), Stratford, Essex
Earnest W. Ellis, 9, Scholar, Stratford, Essex
Alice M. Ellis, Niece,7, Scholar, Stratford, Essex

1891 census

Mary Carpenter, a Widow, is Head of the Household.  She is described as a 50 year old dressmaker from Cambridge.  Three male lodgers are listed living in the house, including one widower, aged 58, called Shadrach Benstead, who was a Bootmaker.

Shadrach previously lived at 81 Sturton Street with his wife Elizabeth and grown up children.  Elizabeth died in 1886.  Their son, Luther Benstead, is now living at 81 Sturton Street with his wife Sophia.

The other two lodgers were Walter Powell, single, a 27 year old Bricklayers Labourer, and James Leech, single, a 52 year old married man, described on the census as a Commission Agent.

1901 – 1929

William John  and Alice Tiplady have moved here from number 46.  William is a bootmaker working from home

The 1911 Census records that William and Alice have been married for 24 years.  They had one child who died.

The Electoral Registers show that Alice remained at the property until 1929.

Sources: 1891 & 1911 census, Cambridgeshire, England, Electoral Registers, Burgess Rolls and Poll Books, 1722-1966, Civil Registration Death Index (1837-1915),


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