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9 Hooper Street

Wheeler's corner shop

9 Hooper Street, on the opposite corner to the Petersfield pub, was a grocer’s shop for many years.

1881

Mark Winzar, 29, grocer, b. Finsbury Square, Middlesex
Emma Winzar, 26, b. Cambridge

By 1891 Mark and Emma Winzar had left Cambridge for Chatham, Kent, and they ran a grocer’s shop there for several decades.

1891

Wesley Wheeler, 35, grocer, b. Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire
Grace Wheeler, 36, b. Cambridge
George Wheeler, 11, scholar, b. Cambridge
Percy Wheeler, 6, scholar, b. Cambridge
Ellen Markin, 22, domestic servant, b. Cambridge

1901

Wesley Wheeler, 44, grocer, b. Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire
Grace Wheeler, 46, b. Cambridge
Percy Wheeler, 16, clerk, b. Cambridge
George Wheeler, 20, grocer’s assistant, b. Cambridge
Winifred Wheeler, 7, b. Cambridge
Ellen Markin, 30, domestic servant, b. Cambridge

1911

Wesley Wheeler,  widower, 54, grocer, b. Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire
Percy Wheeler, 24, grocer’s assistant, b. Cambridge
Winfred Wheeler, 17, house keeper, b. Cambridge

For roughly three decades the shop was run by the Wheeler family. In 1881, before moving to Hooper Street, Wesley and Grace Wheeler lived in Bridge Street. Wesley was already a grocer, but they supplemented his earnings by renting a room to a 19 year-old lodger, John Thursby, an undergraduate at Trinity College.

Wesley and Grace had five children, of which two died young but three appear in later census records. George became a grocer’s assistant, and by 1911 he had left home and had a wife and young son. Percy was living at home in 1911 and working for the family shop. Winifred was working as the family’s housekeeper in 1911, as their mother had died two years earlier.

1939

In 1939 the shopkeeper was Ethel Kemp. She was born in 1888 in Thetford, Norfolk, the daughter of a baker. She lived at the shop with a friend, widow Sarah Kellengray, and a lodger, Frederick Mansfield. She died in 1979, aged 90, and was still listed on the electoral register for 9 Hooper Street in 1966.

Sources

UK census records (1841 to 1911), General Register Office birth, marriage and death indexes (1837 onwards), and the 1939 England and Wales Register.

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