1891 Census

5th April 1891

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When the 1891 census was taken on April 5th, the total population of England, Wales and Scotland was recorded as 33,015,701.

At the time of the 1891 census, Queen Victoria was the British monarch, the London-Paris telephone system has just opened and Sherlock Holmes would appear for the first time in The Strand Magazine in June.

In this census householders were asked how many rooms (if less than five) their family occupied, and additional occupation information was also taken.

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 1891 Census for the whole of the village of Tharston has been made into a booklet and can be found on the Publications page.