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98 Ainsworth Street

98 Ainsworth Street

Number 98 is one of four mid-terraced houses on the east side of Ainsworth Street, built around 1870.

1871 census for household 224*

Joseph Turner, head, 41, engine driver, b. Skipton, Yorkshire
Jane Turner, wife, 41, b. Skipton, Yorkshire
John W Turner, son, 12, scholar, b. Leicester
Joseph Turner, son, 8, scholar, b. Leeds, Yorkshire

*In 1871 Ainsworth Street was not yet numbered. Identification of houses is tentative.

1881 census

Joseph Turner, head, 51, engine driver on Midland Railway, b. Skipton, Yorkshire
Ann M Turner, wife, 43, b. Hitchin, Hertfordshire
James Turner, son, 24, pianoforte tuner, blind, b. Colne, Lancashire
Joseph Turner, son, 18, under butler, b. Leeds, Yorkshire
Lucy Smith, step daughter, 18, draper’s assistant, b. Hitchin, Hertfordshire
Sydney J Smith, step son, 14, scholar, b. Cambridge

Joseph and his second wife Ann married in 1880. She was the widow of railway guard John Smith, and she and her children Lucy and Sidney (and the eldest daughter Anne) had lived at 102 Ainsworth Street in 1871.

A sketch map from 1874 indicates that Joseph Turner owned property in Ainsworth street, most likely corresponding to 96 and 98 Ainsworth Street. The other two houses in the terrace, 92 and 94, were owned by a Mr Banyard, most likely William Banyard who lived at no. 92 for many years. Joseph Turner, William Banyard and Mark Almond (who owned the neighbouring terrace) were all railway engine drivers – a respected and well-paid job. They may all have taken out mortgages to invest in property in the late 1860s, when Joseph Sturton started advertising these plots of land for sale.

Sketch map indicating property of Joseph Turner in 1874. Source: deeds held by Calverley’s brewery.

1891 census

Robert Bull, head, 46, gardener, b. Goldington, Bedfordshire
Mary Ann Bull, wife, 44, b. Finedon, Northamptonshire
Anne E Bull, daughter, 23, dressmaker, b. Finedon, Northamptonshire
Arthur H Y Bull, son, 9, scholar, b. Cambridge
Frank B Bull, son, 5, scholar, b. Cambridge

The Bull family moved here from 94 Ainsworth Street.

The children probably attended the local St Matthew’s schools, down the road on York Street, where there was a large school property for St Matthew’s Girls and Boys clearly marked on the 1886 Ordnance Survey, located close to the park still there called ‘St Matthew’s Piece’. In addition, there was an Infant School at 55 Sturton Street and one on Norfolk Street, also the larger St Matthew’s Girls and Boys by the Bakery on Norfolk Street, and a Ragged School on New Street.

1901 census

Manasseh C Green, head, 36, grocer’s assistant, b. Horningsea, Cambridgeshire
Maria E Green, wife, 35, b. Cambridge
Florence R Green, daughter, 8, b. Cambridge

The Green family moved here from 106 Gwydir Street.

1911 census

Manasseh Charles Green, head, 46, grocer’s assistant, b. Horningsea, Cambridgeshire
Elizabeth Green, wife, 45, b. Cambridge
Florence Green, daughter, 18, tailoress, b. Cambridge
Bernard Green, son, 8, at school, b. Cambridge
21 years married, 3 children, 1 died

(Maria) Elizabeth Green was the daughter of William Banyard, from 92 Ainsworth Street. By 1921, the Green family had moved into no. 92 to look after William in his final years. They lived there until at least 1938.

1921 census

Arthur Franklin, head, 25, engine fitter, Great Eastern Railway Loco Dept, b. Cambridge
Mary Ann Franklin, wife, 26, home duties, b. Cambridge

Arthur was the son of George and Mary Franklin of 94 Ainsworth Street.

Source: 1871–1921 England Census.


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