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Ada Street, Saltaire

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Ada was the youngest child of Caroline and Titus Salt, and was destined to be the longest lived of the 11 children born to the founder of Saltaire and his wife. Caroline gave birth to Ada on 18th Nov 1853 – just two months after the opening of Salts Mill. The naming of the street would have occurred when Ada herself was about four years old – the 44 workers houses that made up the street were completed in 1857.

Following the death of Sir Titus in 1876, Ada and her elder sister Helen – both unmarried – accompanied their widowed mother Lady Caroline in a move from their Yorkshire home to the then fashionable rural idyll of Clapham, South London. In 1883 Ada (29) married Streatham engineer Edmund Stevenson (30). Their only child, Monica, was born three years later.

Towards the end of the century, the family moved to Tunbridge Wells, where not only sister Helen was by this time living, but so too was the eldest sister Amelia.

Moving back to London in 1905, the Stevensons lived for some years in Hampstead, where Edmund died in 1918. Ada, by now 64, moved to central London with her unmarried daughter Monica. Here, mother and daughter were together until 22nd Nov 1935 when Ada, by now the only surviving child of Titus and Caroline, died at the age of 82. She was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium, her ashes being spread in the Garden of Rest.

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