Cater – 3 Hadlow Place

At 3 Hadlow Place in 1881 lived William Cater (Bn 1834/35 Colchester D1902) aged 46, occupation a Waiter, his wife Elizabeth (Bn 1844) aged 37, with their four sons William (14) a Railway Porter, Alfred (12) (Bn 1868 D1881), Harry (6), Arthur (3) and three daughters, Emma (Bn 1870)(10) (Baptised in Christ Church, Gipsy Hill 1870), Ellen (8) (Bn 1872) and Alice (1).  All their children were born in Norwood).

William’s occupation at the age of 16, in 1851, was a Waiter, in Colchester.  His father had been a Silk Weaver.

In 1861, William is on the Census as a Porter, aged 26, at the Crystal Palace Hotel on Anerley Hill.

Daughter Ellen (Bn 28 December 1872) in 1891, was a Kitchen Maid, aged 19, at the large Norbury Lodge, Fox Hill, for Frederic Hetley MP and Justice of the Peace (Bn 1822 D1902 Norbury Lodge, aged 81. He is buried in All Saint’s Upper Norwood).  She was employed there as Cook by 1911.  Frederic Hetley MD JP, studied at the Middlesex Hospital, where he was House Surgeon, later becoming Surgeon to the Marylebone Infirmary and Obstetric Resident at the Rotunda, Dublin.  He practised at Westow Hill, in partnership with William Street, MRCS, and Alex Barclay Sharpe, MRCS, and was Surgeon to the Crystal Palace, to the Central London District Schools, the Police, and was Medical Officer to the Norwood Orphanage and Norwood Dispensary of the Croydon Union.  By 1939, Ellen (unmarried) had moved to Esher, Surrey.

In 1891, the Caters still lived at 3 Hadlow Place, and at 1 Hadlow Place on the 1908 Street Directory.


William (23) was a Clerk.  He was a Railway Clerk in 1911, married and living in Brockley.

Harry (16) Railway Porter.  By 1911 (aged 34), he had married Florence Annie (1907) and moved to Whitby, where he became a Diver, as a Harbour Contractor.

Arthur (Bn 1 August 1877/78 D1939).  Enrolled at Woodland Road School (opened 1887) in May 1888, aged 10.  His last school was St Paul’s School and living at 3 Hadlow Place.  He left Woodland Road School in July 1890 ‘Gone to Work’.  He served on various ships, such as the Pembroke II.  He had previously been a Labourer.  5’7” dark hair, blue eyes and dark complexion, with a few tattoos.  He married Dorothy Masters in 1916, noting his profession as ‘Sailor’.

Also in 1891, Alice (11) Scholar, Minnie (9) Scholar, Florie (6) Scholar, Charley (2).

In 1901, they are still at 3 Hadlow Place, William’s occupation a Waiter and his wife Elizabeth a Domestic Housemaid.  Living with them, were three daughters, Alice (21), occupation Typewriter, Minnie (18) a Florist’s Assistant and Florence (16).  They also had a son, Charley (12, Bn 1888).

Elizabeth was widowed in 1902 and by 1911 (aged 68) she moved to 17 Waldegrave Road (four rooms), living with her son Charley (22) (Bn 1888 D1956 aged 68) a Railway Clerk, his wife Beatrice and one month old child, Edgar Charles (Bn 2 March 1911).

On the 1939 Register, Charley is still a Railway Clerk, living with his wife and three children, including Edgar Charles, at 25 Thicket Road.  In 1905, he was based at Anerley Station, later transferring to London Bridge.

During WWII, son Edgar Charles was an Airman in the Airforce, 211 Squadron, Service No 1807654.  He became a Japanese Allied Prisoner of War Internee, but survived and lived to the age of 92.