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92 York Street

The Family of Robert Hulyer


Number 92 is not on the 1881 Census.

1890 – 1902

Electoral registers show that Robert Hulyer has moved to number 92 York Street from number 98 by 1890.

In 1891 Robert is 60 and working as a dealer / shop worker.  Sarah Hulyer is 49 and her two daughters from her first marriage are no longer living with her.  Robert’s eldest children from his first marriage have also moved on.

The children remaining at home are Robert, aged 16 and helping with the shop, George (13), Alfred (11), Harriett (6) and Ada (5), all school children.

In April 1892 Alfred and his friends are accused of breaking into a house on Abbey Walk and stealing “some bread, cooked beef pudding, and a silver watch and chain, of the value of 15s” Luckily, the judge decided that Alfred was innocent.

In December 1894 Robert is ordered by the court to send his children to school and fined two shillings and sixpence.

The younger Robert Hulyer was in trouble with the law in March 1897.  He was a member of a gang who were known to cause disturbances on Fitzroy Street, “Hulyer was another of the gang, who were a terror to the street”.  Robert was sentenced to two months in prison with hard labour for assaulting a police officer.

George married Frances Louisa Cook in 1898.  They are living on Leeke Street in 1901,  but have moved back to York Street in 1911 and are living at number 53.

Sarah Hulyer died in September 1897 after she fell down some steps leading from a railway bridge and hit her head.  She was 57.

By 1901 it looks as though the Hulyer’s are no longer involved with running a shop.  The elder Robert is now 76 and gives no occupation.  Younger Robert is now 25 and is also without an occupation.  Alfred (22) is a fire wood seller and Ada (14) must be finished with school and helping around the house.

Lizzie is back and now using her original surname of “Fabb”.  There is also 4 year old Albert Hammond who is recorded as ‘grandson’.

Harriett is working as a domestic servant and living on Cherry Hinton Road.

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 festivities 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 Robert Hullyer, 92 York Street (80, and has 27 children).” Including his step-children it is possible to find thirteen children, so perhaps they have included grandchildren in this count!

An Octogenarians Death. The sudden death of Robert Hulyer aged 80, wood dealer, of 92 York Street was the subject of an inquest at ‘The Geldart’, Ainsworth Street on Friday evening.  The deceased, on the previous afternoon, was standing against the quay at the bottom of Walnut Tree Lane, and said “I feel very bad.”  He almost immediately fell on his face and died.  The cause of death was congestion of the lungs. Herts and Cambs Reporter & Royston Crow 12 December 1902


George Wilkin, 67, widower, flour mill watch man, b. Harlton, Cambridgeshire

George Wilkin. 29, general labourer, b. Newnham, Cambridgeshire

Sources: 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 UK Census, Cambridge Independent Press 22 April 1892, 21 December 1894 & 4 June 1898, Saffron Walden Weekly News 12 March 1897, Cambridge Daily News 5 September 1902, Cambridge Chronicle and Journal 24 September 1897,


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