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1 & 3 York Street

History of 1 - 3 York Street

1881 – 1916

Head of household in 1881 is David Endersby, a 35-year-old grocer who was born in Toft.  He and his family have moved here from 78 New Street.  David is married to Susannah (nee Halls), she is 35 and was born in Cambridge.  They have five children, Arthur William (13), Edward Barker (10), Ada Jane (7), Ernest (5) and Albert (3).  The 1871 census records that they also had a son named David Henry, but he died in infancy.

The Endersby Family have moved by 1891 and are running a grocer’s shop just round the corner at 9 Sleaford Street (now numbered 24).  1-3 York Street appears to remain a grocer shop with Stephen Chapple and his family moving in.  Stephen is 46 in 1891 and was born in Melbourn.  He is married to Harriett, and they have four sons.  Arthur is 19 and employed as a grocer’s assistant.  Thomas is 14, Percival is 12 and William is 9.  All three younger boys attend school.

The Chapple Family previously lived at 33 Gwydir Street, and move from York Street to Norfolk Street.

David Endersby’s eldest son, Arthur, married Louisa Martin in 1889.  By 1901 it’s Arthur and Louisa who are living at 1-3 York Street.  Arthur is now 33 and he isn’t a grocer like his father, he’s an upholsterer.  The couple have a 10-year-old son, also named Arthur William.  Arthur senior died in 1903, and Arthur junior was killed in action on the 12th of October 1916.  He served with the Suffolk Regiment.

By 1911 David Endersby is back at 1-3 York Street and is now a general shopkeeper with Susannah assisting in the business. Since their move to Sleaford Street, David and Susannah had four more children, Rose, Katie, David, and Clara.  The 1911 census records that the couple have been married for 44 years and had thirteen children. Six of the children have died by this time. Ernest died in 1894 aged 18 and three other children must have died in infancy.

The family belong to the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Sturton Street.  In May 1901 the papers reported on the “Band of Hope Anniversary” and Clara was among those who sang, she also played the pianoforte. Then in February 1902 “The members of the King’s Own Division [of the] Sons of Temperance Benefit Society, held their first social and tea at Lower York Street Mission Hall” Ada and Rose were on the committee, Albert recited, and Katie sang a solo.

Edward married Sarah Jane Newell in 1892. In 1901 he is an auctioneer’s foreman, porter, and shopkeeper. By 1939 he is an auctioneer and lives on Tenison Road.

Ada married Arthur Reeve in 1905.

Albert married Ada Ince in 1907.  He’s a mattress maker employed by W. E. Lilley & Co of 12 Market Street and lives at 47 Sturton Street.  During World War 1 he serves in the 4th Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment.  He is with the British Expeditionary Force and spends time in the Lewis Gun Section.  On the 6th of August 1917 he receives a gun shot wound in the buttock.  After recovering from the injury, he returns to France.  On the 7th of August 1918 he is injured in the back with shrapnel from an enemy shell.

Rose and Katie Endersby are working from home as dressmakers in 1911, their sister Clara is assisting in the shop.  Brother David married Lizzie Merry in 1906 and is living at 34 York Street with his wife and family.

Towards the end of 1911 Rose and Katie marry brothers James and Herbert Reeve.  James and Herbert are the younger brothers of Arthur Reeve who Ada married in 1905. Ada and Rose live at Home Farm in Great Chishill.

David Endersby died on the 12th of April 1914. The Cambridge Independent Press reported “Mr Endersby carried on the business of a grocer, butcher etc in the neighbourhood for nearly 40 years, and was widely respected by a wide circle of friends.

David Endersby, Died 14th April, Aged 68 Years. His end was peace.”

Floral tributes included “With deepest sympathy, from the members and friends of the Sturton Street Primitive Methodist Chapel” “A token of respect and sympathy, from neighbours and friends of York Street and Sturton Street” and “In loving memory, from friends and neighbours from Ainsworth Street”

Susannah moved to Home Farm with her daughters.  She died on the 10th of November 1916 aged 70 years.  David and Susannah were both buried in Mill Road Cemetery.

Sources: 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 UK Census, British Army World War I Service Records (1914-1920), Cambridge Independent Press 3 May 1901, 17 April 1914 & 17 November 1916, Cambridge Daily News 4 February 1902 & 31 December 1917,


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