Census returns

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Census returns

For more census information see:      

population         occupations       streets and houses

A Census has been collected in England and Wales every 10 years since 1801 (except 1941, during the second World War). The depth and type of information has varied, as has the method of collection. Well into the 20th Century, enumeration forms were distributed to all householders and an 'enumerator' collected these forms and copied them into enumerators' books. It is from these books that much of the statistical information on this site has been taken.  

2001 Census

Information from the 2001 Census is available online for Corby's rural west ward - which covers Cottingham, Middleton and East Carlton. The 2001 Census was very detailed compared with 1901, collecting information such as:

  • Ethnic group and religion
  • State of health
  • Educational qualifications
  • Type of property (detached, semi-detached, terrace, flat etc)
  • Number of cars/vans owned by the household
  • Whether the house is owned or rented
  • Whether the house has central heating and sole use of a bath, shower or toilet!

Full census information for the rural west ward is available from the national statistics 2001 Census website.

1901 Census

The 1901 census gathered the following information:

  • Name of street or house (but no house numbers)
  • Number of rooms lived in, if less than five
  • Number of households
  • Names, ages and marital status of family members
  • Relationship of each person to head of household (eg. head, wife, daughter, servant)
  • Occupation
  • Whether employer, self employed or worker
  • Place of birth
  • Whether deaf and dumb, blind, lunatic, imbecile or feeble-minded!

As the entries are in manuscript, some of the names and details are difficult to read. As such, I've taken a best guess at some of the entries. If anyone spots a mistake, please let me know by e-mailing jane@cottinghamhistory.co.uk

You can access the 1901 census online at www.census.pro.gov.uk

1881 Census

The information available on this site from the 1881 Census is limited to the following:

  • Name of street or house
  • Number of households
  • Names and ages
  • Place of birth

You can access the 1881 Census on the website for the Church of the Latter Day Saints, www.familysearch.org

1841 Census

The 1841 Census recorded the following information:

  • Name of street or house
  • Number of households
  • Names and ages (ages above 15 are mostly rounded down to the nearest five years)
  • Occupation
  • Whether born in this county
  • Whether born in Scotland, Ireland or foreign parts

Note that the 1841 Census does not include family relationships or town/village of birth

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