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Victoria Terrace 129-139 Cherry Hinton Road

History of Victoria Terrace Cherry Hinton Road

This is one of the earliest of the terraces of artisan cottages in the road and we know its occupants from the 1891 census. Numbering was a little unreliable in the 19th century. There was no general system of street numbers; large houses had names, terraces of cottages were numbered but sometimes the numbering was reversed. This happened in the census so that numbers 6 to 1 were reversed in subsequent returns.

1891 census:

(no. 6 later no. 1): Harriet Hart widow 34 living on own means, May 6, John Barber boarder 40 draper.

(no. 5 later no.2): John Wilderspin 38 carpenter and joiner, Susan 38, Louisa 12, Kate 11, Rose, 7, Nellie 4.

(no.4 later no.3): William Drake 38 grocer, Emily 36, William 15 grocer’s assistant, Percy 13 errand boy, Alice scholar, Herbert 5, Annie 2, fred 8mos, Josiah Drake widower 69 carpenter. By 1901 the family had moved to one of the new houses in Beauclare Terrace no.11 where they ran a grocer’s shop and the post office. William was the older brother of Thomas who ran the Cavendish Stores on Hills Road.

(no.3 later no.4): Robert Grossmith Hopkins 34 piano tuner, Mary Ann 31, Ethel 10, Robert 2, Josephone Pool 41 visitor, Charles North boarder 22 organ builder.

(no. 2 later no.5): William Mace 38 engine driver, Mary 29, Berty 5, Francis 4, Gladys 10m, Edward Sendall lodger & widower carpenter, Octavia Mace 13 servant [not daughter].

(no.1 later no.6): Charles Mudge 49 carpenter, Ellen 49, Ellen 21 dressmaker, Fred 18 page, henry 15 errand boy, Alice 11, Ada 8, Rose 6.

Sources: UK Census

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