1881 Census

3rd April 1881

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When the 1881 census was taken on April 3rd, the total population of England, Wales and Scotland was recorded as 29,707,207.

The First Boer War ended shortly before the 1881 census.

The original forms would have been given to each household several days before the 2nd April date, and the head of household would have been asked to fill in the details for anyone who would have been residing at that address on the census date. Illiteracy was still very high in 1871, and anyone unable to read or write would have made use of an enumerator - a literate person collecting the census forms - to help fill in the details. Because of this, however, many mistakes that were made, such as the spelling of names. Also, many people were often economical with the truth, especially when it came to their ages.

The surnames from the Census are:

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A transcript of the 1881 Census for the whole of the village of Tharston has been made into a booklet and can be found on the Publications page.