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9 Ainsworth Street

Bricklayer, Shoemaker and a French Polisher

Number 9 is one of a terrace of four houses on the west side of Ainsworth Street.


Edward Bell, 59, Bricklayer, b March, Cambs

Elizabeth Bell, 61, b March, Camb

Flora Bell (gd), 12, b Cambridge


The Smee family are living at number 9 in 1891. Head of household, Herbert Smee, 31, is a shoemaker. He was born in Cambridge.  Herbert was previously married to Eliza Stonebridge. She passed away in January 1888 and he married Bertha (nee Dart) in 1889.  Bertha is 24 and was born in Newton Abbot, Devon.

Their children, Nellie Eliza and Herbert Horace, are baptised in July 1890. The family are living at 32 Leicester Street in Northamptonshire. Nellie is Eliza’s daughter. The baptism register lists Herbert as a Bootmaker.

Herbert junior follows his father into the Boot Making business.

February 1893

There is an article in the Cambridge Independent Press reporting that “Martha Huntlea, 33, a married woman of 13 Ainsworth Street, was charged with stealing a wool mattress, fo the value of 8s., the property of Daniel Endersby, general store dealer of Sleaford Street, on February 7th.

However, “An intelligent little girl of the age of ten years, named Florence Goody, living at 9 Ainsworth Street, said she saw the prisoner take the mattress from the shop door and take it to her home in Ainsworth Street.” the local policeman saw the mattress in the house, as did Mr Endersby.

Martha pleaded not guilty, but the Bench gave her fourteen days imprisonment with hard labour and complimented the little Florence on the way she gave evidence.

(David Endersby was a Grocer at 9 Sleaford Street, the current number 24.)


Arthur W Cornwell, 22, French Polisher, b Cambridge

Florence Cornwell, 24, b Biggleswade, Cambs


Ephraim Henry Hooks, 49, horse shunter GER, b. Thornham, Norfolk

Kezia Hooks, 48, b. Kings Lynn, Norfolk

Robert Samuel Hooks, 24, shunting GER railway sheds, b. Thornham, Norfolk

Emma Elizabeth Hooks, 18, Chivers Jam Factory Histon, b. Kings Lynn, Norfolk

John Thomas Hooks, 13, at school, b. Cambridge

William Ernest Hooks, 9, at school, b. Cambridge

Arthur Edward Hooks, 8, at school, b. Cambridge

Ephraim and Kezia were 25 years married, had 11 children, 5 died.


John Walker Ross, 65, born in Kentford, Suffolk.  He is working as a gardener for Mrs Keynes of 6 Harvey Road.  Mrs Keynes is on the Borough Council and will become Mayor in 1932.

Emily Ross, 62, born in Isleham, Cambridgshire

Esther Rebecca Ross, 38, born in Kentford, Suffolk.  She is employed as a draper at 71 Lensfield Road.


UK census records (1881 to 1921), General Register Office birth, marriage and death indexes (1837 onwards), Cambridge Independent Press 10 February 1893


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