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This is almost certainly our family:
born Hampstead, London,
born 1829 [according to age at 1861 census], or 1828 [according to age at 1881 census],
mar Emily ---- [born 1832, Wickham, Berkshire],
he is listed as "compositor" in [UK census, 1861], living 45 Hyde Place (or Hide Place), Westminster, London (see map),
Emily is listed as "bill poster's wife" in [UK census, 1871], living 12 Hide Place, Westminster (might be the same house, re-numbered), Thomas is not present that night,
he is listed as "bill poster" in [UK census, 1881], living 12 Hide Place, Westminster, Emily is not present that night, Thomas is still listed as married not widowed,
Our family starts with:
described as "Bill Poster" at son's mar 1896,