Learn More: Censuses



Censuses were taken every 10 years from 1801. Censuses before 1841 do not normally survive. There is a 100-year closure period on censuses.



Below are the dates and details of what is included in the censuses from 1841-1911. Some years carry an image as well.

1841 Sunday 6 June: Place; Houses; Names; Age to nearest five years for adults; Profession, trade, employment or of independent means; Whether born in same county (Y or N), in Scotland (S), in Ireland (I), or foreign parts (F)


1851 Sunday 30 March: No. of schedule; Name of street, place or road, and name or number of house; Name; Relationship to head of house; Condition- marital status; Age; Rank, profession or occupation; Where born- county/place; Whether blind, deaf-and-dumb


1861 Sunday 7 April: No. of schedule; Name of street, place or road, and name or number of house; Houses- separate columns for inhabited and uninhabited or being built (entered as 'U' or 'B'); Name; Relationship to head of family; Condition- marital status; Age; Rank, profession or occupation; Where born- county/place; Whether blind, deaf-and-dumb


1871 Sunday 2 April: No. of schedule;  Name of street, place or road, and name or number of house; Houses- separate columns for inhabited and uninhabited or being built; Name; Relationship to head of family; Condition- marital status; Age; Rank, profession or occupation; Where born- county/place; 1=Deaf & dumb, 2=Blind, 3=Imbecile or idiot, 4=Lunatic


1881 Sunday 3 April: No. of schedule; Name of street, place or road, and name or number of house; Houses- separate columns for inhabited and uninhabited or being built (entered as 'U' or 'B'); Name; Relationship to head of family; Condition- marital status; Age last birthday; Rank, profession or occupation; Where born- county/place; 1=Deaf & dumb, 2=Blind, 3=Imbecile or idiot, 4=Lunatic


1891 Sunday 5 April: No. of schedule; Name of street, place or road, and name or number of house; Houses- separate columns for inhabited and uninhabited or being built (entered as 'U' or 'B'); Number of rooms occupied if less than five; Name; Relationship to head of family; Condition- marital status; Age last birthday; Rank, profession or occupation; Employer, Employed, Neither employer nor employed- 'X' inserted; Where born- county/place; 1=Deaf & Dumb, 2=Blind, 3=Lunatic, Imbecile or Idiot. In Wales and Monmouthshire there was an extra column for 'Language Spoken' which required either 'English', 'Welsh' or 'Both' to be entered.


1901 Sunday 31 March: No. of schedule; Name of street, place or road, and name or number of house; Houses- separate columns for inhabited, in occupation, not in occupation, being built; Number of rooms occupied if less than five;  Name; Relationship to head of family; Condition- marital status; Age last birthday; Rank, profession or occupation; Employer, worker, or on own account; If working at home; Where born-county/place; 1=Deaf & Dumb, 2=Blind, 3=Lunatic, 4=Imbecile, feeble-minded. In Wales and Monmouthshire there was an extra column for 'Language Spoken' which required either 'English', 'Welsh' or 'Both' to be entered.


1911 Midnight Sunday/Monday 2nd/3rd April: There are some differences between the 1911 census and previous censuses, for example, the head of household should have completed the schedule, rather than the enumerator; where couples were married they were asked to enter the number of years they had been married, plus the number of children they had, and, like American censuses, the number of children who had survived and the number who had not survived. Occupations and the industry in which workers worked was given separately. Naturalised citizens were asked for the date of naturalization and the head of household had to sign the document. Obviously, some of this extra information will be invaluable to researchers. Under FOI, sensitive information, in particular any disabilities, will not be disclosed until the 100-year closure has been completed. This is information is currently blanked out on census images.
There is no image of 1911 census page, at this time, due to copyright issues.



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