In an earlier post I tried to determine which house in Charing Cross my 3 x great grandparents occupied, and who else lived in the same building. I came to the conclusion that the Robbs lived at 29 Charing Cross. I’ve since discovered more about the way that separate buildings, and households within buildings, were delineated in the 1841 census. I’m fairly sure now that the occupants of No. 29 in 1841 were as follows – with the lines indicating the divisions between households at that address:

Matthew Cholerton, 20, tobacconist


Charles Robb, 60, clerk

Margaret Robb, 55

George William Robb, 25, clerk

William Robb, 25, clerk


Ann Martin (?), 15, family servant


George Atkins, 40, pensioner E.G. house (??)

Susan Atkins, 25

George Atkins, 3

It seems fairly certain that No. 29 housed Cholerton’s tobacconist shop, and that the Robb and Atkins families rented rooms above it – though it’s still unclear which of the families Ann Marks worked for. While searching for further information about Cholerton, I came across this record of a criminal case at the Old Bailey in the following year, 1842:

Matthew Cholerton Old bailey

Interestingly, William Robb’s probable employer, law stationer Walter Blanford Waterlow, was a witness in a very similar case in 1858.