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This section summarizes the information one can expect to find in the various censuses from 1841 onwards.

Census

1841 Census of Population

  • Census place (parish, township, etc.)
  • Address (street, number, etc.)
  • Uninhabited or Building
  • Inhabited
  • Surname / Forename / Relationship to head / Marital condition
  • Age / Male or Female (rounded to nearest 5 years. Under 15 yrs is exact)
  • Occupations
  • Whether born in same County ( Y or N ).
  • Whether born in S(cotland), I(reland),or F(oreign) Parts.

1841 - extract from Buxton, NFK

 *                    1841 Census of Buxton       HO 107  *                    --------------------- Parish or Township of Buxton (Part of) Column   1         2 3  4                5  6   7                8            9  PLACE       U I Names            AGE/SEX Profession,Trade Whether born Else-             N N                   M  F                    same county. where  Mill Street   1 Charles Gould     34      Gardener         Yes                 Sophia   do          34                    Y                 Wm       do        9                       Y                 Martha   do           7                    Y                 /                 Charles Frankling 15      Ag. Lab          Y                 Eliz/h     do        12                    Y                 //               1 Martha Dunning       70   Ind(ependent)    Yes                 Sarah    do          35                    Y                 Emily    do          25   Dressmaker       Y                 George   do        1                       Y                 //               1 John Bell         40      Carpenter        Yes                 Maria do             35                    Y                 Rob/t  do         15                       Y                 John   do         15                       Y                 Maria  do            12                    Y                 Emma   do            10                    Y                 W/m    do          7                       Y                 Caroline  do          5                    Y                 Jane      do          2                    Y                 //             1&1 Thos Sturman      92      Ind..            Y                 Sarah do             85                    Y                 //             1&1 John Hannant      37      Ag. Lab          Yes                 Marg/t   do          37                    Y                 John     do       10                       Y                 //               1 Esther Copland       86                    Yes ---------------------------------------------------------------- Total in    2u6                   11 14 Page 1.. ie. 2 u(nihabited) [One between Bell and Sturman households and             the second between Sturman and Hannant households] and 6 inhabited (separated by //) of which Charles Gould's contains 2 families (separated by / in column 4). 

1851 Ecclesiastical Census of all Church Worshippers

The Ecclesiastical Census of 1851 [search for - "HO 129" "census" - date range 1851 to 1851 in the "Keyword search" box] only gives average numbers of worshippers at all churches throughout the County. Do not just overlook the other information it contains because as well as the name for each Parish of the Church of England ie. St Michael's it also lists all Non Conformist ones. These are useful pointers to where baptisms etc. might have taken place if they can not be found in the Anglican church.

The parish of Buxton is given as an example.

Church of Parish of Buxton, St. Andrew. Square tower contains 2 ailses with clerestories, a chancel and a porch at the south end.

 Parish, Ecclesiastical Division.      Sup. Reg.     County and Diocese -------------------------------      ---------     ------------------ Buxton                               Aylsham       Norfolk Ingham and Sparham Deanery                         Diocese of Norwich  Free sittings    220 Other sittings   140                  ---                  360  Estimate No. of persons attending divine service         Average                       am       pm      evening    Gen                57      149        -             80    139 Sunday Scholars       56       52        -             50     50                      ---      ---                      --    ---                      113      201                     130    189  

George Jarvis, Curate, Vicarage House, Buxton


 Wesleyan      1825   Separate building    Entirely Worship    Free Other Chapel                     Yes                  Yes            65    60                                                            Free space 120                        am      pm    evening                         -      60      60  

Benjamin Passon, Steward


 Friends or Quaker meeting House at Lamas (erected before 1800)  ...(numbers of worshippers)....  

Ransom Bransby (a member)


 Particular Baptist   Lamas with       Before 1800    A room in a range of Chapel              Hautbois Parva                   buildings entirely                                                      separate from others ...(numbers of worshippers)....  

George Copland, Minister


 The Heath Chapel    Baptist     Before 1800   Separate building  ...(numbers of worshippers)....  

F(?)aber Dawson, Minister.


Books

Norfolk Record Society Vol LXII
1851 Census of Religious Worship for Norfolk
Editors J. Ede & N. Virgoe
[ISBN 09511-600-87, 1998]
House of Commons Sessional Papers, 1852-53, Vol LXXXIX
Census of Great Britain, 1851: Religious Worship, England and Wales - Report and Tables [London, 1853]
Reprinted in the Irish University press Series of British Parl. Papers, Population, Vol. 10
[Shannon, 1970]

The following article contains 131 references to this census.

Field, Clive
The 1851 Religious Census of Great Britain: a Bibliographical Guide for Local and Regional Historians
(Series title: The Local Historian, Journal of British Assoc. for Local History).
[ISBN 00245585, Vol 27, No 4, 1997]

1851 to 1891 Censuses of Population

These contain the following items, but see notes afterwards:-

  • Census place (parish, township, etc.)
  • Address (street, Schedule number-NOT house no., etc.) [14 characters]
  • Surname / Forename (sometimes swopped around)
  • Relationship to head / Marital condition
  • Age / Male or Female
  • Occupation [13 characters]
  • County of birth / Parish of birth (sometimes swopped around).
  • PRO and GSU references[transcription only]

Notes
The 1851 and 1881 transcripts have some fields truncated as indicated in [square brackets]. The "blind, deaf, dumb" heading doesn't appear - but where applicable, there is a reference across to the "Miscellaneous notes" fiche, which then has the full details.

1851 - extract from Buxton, NFK

 *                    1851 Census of Buxton       HO 107 / 1810   f 585--> 604 *                    --------------------- *The whole of the Parish including Mill Street, Brook Street, Townsend  *and Scotland Common, Lion Street the Hall and Buxton old Workhouse. * .......... Schedule | Street |Surname, Number 27 Coltishall Rd Bell, Robert         H M 27    Carpenter, Jour. Catton       , NFK                  Bell, Ann            W M    27 Dressmaker       Hevingham    , NFK 28 Coltishall Rd Woodhouse, Samuel    H M 34    Ag. Lab          Brampton     , NFK                  Woodhouse, Ann       W M    37                  Oxnead       , NFK                  Woodhouse, James     S   11    At Home          Hevingham    , NFK 29 Coltishall Rd Coman, James         H M 44    Ag. Lab                    BX , NFK                  Coman, Elizabeth     W M    29                  Palling      , NFK                  Coman, Robert        S    7    Scholar                    BX , NFK                  Coman, James         S    4    At Home                    BX , NFK                  Coman, John          S    1    At Home                    BX , NFK                  Watts, Sarah         Sw?    18                  Palling      , NFK 30 Coltishall Rd Frankling, Elizabeth H Ww   78                  Gressenhall  , NFK                  Frankling, Harriet   Gd     11 Scholar                    BX , NFK 31 Coltishall Rd Everitt, Jane        H M    28 Tea Dealers Wife Unknown      , ?                  Everitt, Edward      S    6    At Home                    BX , NFK                  Meares, Mary Ann     Sv     14 House Servant    No. Walsham  , NFK 32 Coltishall Rd Saul, Thomas         H M 49    Ag. Lab          Cawston      , NFK                  Bradley, Joseph      L M 50    Engineer         Tipton,      , STS                  Bradley, Mary Ann    L M    30 Glover           Yarmouth     , NFK *                                         -- -- *                                         10  9  

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April 2006