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Catherine Isabella Coombs. A London childhood.


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My great grandmother Catherine Isabella Coombs was born 22 September 1889 at 2 Southampton Terrace, Southampton Street, Islington, London, the second child of William and Kate Coombs who had wed in April 1886 in Fitzrovia, Central London where her dad was born and bought up.

They lived at that address until perhaps early 1895. They were still there in November 1894 according to an electoral roll. Catherine went to Winchester Street infant school from 1893 to 1897. She was baptised on March 7th 1894 at All Saints, Islington.

From early 1895 to about mid 1896 the Coombs lived at 56 Cumming Street, Islington. Then to 32 Copenhagen Street by the end of 1896 then to 6 Bryan Street nearby by late 1897. By November 1898 the family left Islington and moved to Camden Town nearby where they lived for a short while from 1886 to 1887 before Catherine was born.

Catherine turned 10 in 1899. From 1898 to 1907 she lived with her parents and siblings at 1 Prebend Place, Prebend Street, Camden, right overlooking the Grand Union Canal. Imagine the days she would have spent with her siblings and friends playing by that canal? In 1907 they moved to 99 Kings Road just round the corner next to a huge railway viaduct.

In the 1911 census Catherine was an envelope folder and still living at 99 Kings Road. Her future husband was in Sheffield as a railway man and her brother William born 1887 was with him so she later wed her brothers mate.

In April 1914 24 year old Catherine wed George Samuel Hart, her brothers workmate. She then moved to Holborn in Central London.

Very proud to have a true London gal great grandmother. She then moved to County Durham as she was widowed in 1917 and met her Durham born second husband in London. He was also George. George Musgrave.


my grandmother alice post was born in southampton street 1885 and also was a envelope folder am interested in history of area at that time and my ancestors.

yours truly brian