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5 York Street

History of 5 York Street


Geo. Morley, lodger, widower, 24, 1857, railway guard on G.E.R., Sawston, Cambridgeshire
James Watson, head, 26, 1855, bricklayer’s labourer, Oakington, Cambridgeshire
Harriet Watson, wife, 26, 1855, Wereham, Norfolk
Geo. W. Watson, son, 6, 1875, scholar, Cambridge


William Salmon, head, draper’s packer, 24, 1867, B. Cambridge
Bertha Salmon, 25, 1866, Harston,
Oliver Salmon, 1, 1890, B. Cambridge
Frank Jones, boarder, colourman’s assistant, 21, 1870, B. Cambridge

1901 – 1949

Census returns and Electoral Registers show the Hoye family living at this property from 1901 until 1949.

In 1901 the head of household is Frederick Charles Hoye, a 28 year old carpenter and joiner from Cambridge.  He is married to Elizabeth (nee Mowlam), 29, who was also born in Cambridge.  At this time the couple have three children, Rosa Gladys May (4), Leonard Charles (3) and Cecil Frederick George (1).

Rosa and Leonard were both born in Clacton-on-Sea, Cecil was born in Cambridge.

The 1911 Census was filled in by Elizabeth, and she records that she was born in St. Giles’ Parish and that her husband is a carpenter working for the Cambridge Corporation and was born in St Matthew’s Parish.

Rosa, Leonard and Cecil are now all school children and there are five more children. Reginald William is 8, Vera Elizabeth is 6, Winifred Ellen is 4, Horace William is 1 and Edna is just 8 months old.  They were all born in St. Matthew’s Parish.

Winifred and Edna both died in 1913, aged 6 and 2.

Leonard joined the 1st Battalion of the Cambridgeshire Regiment in August 1914, he gave his trade as “butcher for the Cooperative Society”.  He was posted to France in August 1916, where he was transferred to the 4th Reserve Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment.  Leonard’s Service Record is unclear in places as it is one of the “Burnt Documents”, however it appears that he was in trouble in June 1917 for having untidy kit and then was wounded in action in October of that year.  He married Alice Barton in 1921.

Cecil joined the 3rd Battalion of the East Kent Regiment (The Buffs).  He died on the 19th July 1919 and is buried in Mill Road Cemetery.

On the 12th May 1916 Frederick and Elizabeth had another son, Wilfred Leslie.

Rosa married Harry Smith in 1926.

Reginald married Mary Simpkins in 1926.  The 1939 register shows him working as a lorry driver’s mate.

Vera married Arthur Pauley in 1929.

Horace married Eleanor Allen in 1933.  The 1939 register shows him working as an agricultural chief clerk in St Albans.

Elizabeth Hoye died in 1930, aged 57.  The electoral registers show Frederick continuing to live at 5 York Street until 1939.  On the 1939 register (taken in September), Frederick is living at 5 New Road with his daughter Rosa and her husband Harry.  Frederick is a retired roadman for the Cambridge Borough Council.

Wilfred married Gwendoline Edna King on the 7th of September 1939.  The 1939 register shows the newlyweds living at 5 York Street. During World War 2 Wilfred served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion of the Cambridgeshire Regiment.

On the 15th February 1942 the Battalion was present at the Fall of Singapore, where approximately 80,000 British Troops became Prisoners of War, including Wilfred. He was reported missing on that date, but wasn’t reported as a POW until the 17th of August 1943.

He is recorded as “Not POW” on the 22nd October 1945.

The electoral registers show Wilfred and Gwendoline living at 5 York Street until 1949.  Wilfred died in Rugby in 1974, aged 57.

Sources: 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 UK Census, 1939 Register, Mill Road Cemetery, British Army World War I Service Records (1914-1920), The National Archives, Cambridgeshire Electoral Registers (1722-1966), World War II Allied Prisoners of War (1939-1945), Forces War Records, Wikipedia,


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