1831 Census Index
The 1831 census was taken on taken on 30th May 1831. Few
census schedules have survived from that time, but those
for (Low) Leyton and Walthamstow
had a population of
had a population of 4258.
historians believe that any pre-1841 census is of little
use as it names only the head of household, however it
does give a location of residence, the trade they
were engaged in, and some idea of the nature of the local
area. It is worth remembering that the lives of many were far
more linked with their employer than they are today and that
following the fortunes of an employer, perhaps deduced from a later
census, might tell one much about the lives of employees.
This data is taken from an index previously published by
the society as ISBN 0-9523525-0-8 and is not a full
transcription of the census schedule, listing just Name,
District, Occupation and Census Page Number. The original
schedules are kept
Forest Archives and may be viewed there.
Whilst the names shown are those of the head of the
household, much information was sought regarding the occupations of all
family members and fourteen columns were devoted to this subject.
The following is a list of questions to be reported on by
- STREET or PLACE.
- NAMES. Total number of families.
- Number of inhabited dwelling houses.
- Now building and not yet inhabited.
- FAMILIES OCCUPYING SAME. Employed in and maintained
- Trade, Manufacture or Handicraft.
- Not comprised in either of those classes.
- Persons, including children (of whatever age)
actually in the Parish, Township or Place at the time of
taking the account exclusive of men serving in H.M's
Regular Forces, the Militia, Seamen in H.M's Service, or
the registered Vessels.
- Number of Males upwards of 20 years old.
MALES UPWARD OF TWENTY YEARS OF AGE
- Employed in Agriculture, including Graziers,
Cowkeepers, Shepherds, and other Farm Servants,
Gardeners (not Taxable as Male Servants), and
- Occupiers of land who constantly employ and pay one,
or more than one Labourer or Farm Servant in
- Occupiers of land who employ no Labourers other than
their own family.
- Labourers in Husbandry, and Farm Servants employed
by Occupiers of the First Class.
- Employed in Manufacture, or in making Manufacturing
Machinery: but not including Labourers, Porters,
- In what Manufacture employed.
- Employed in Retail Trade, or in Handicraft, as
Masters, Shopmen, Journeymen, Apprentices, or in any
capacity requiring Skill in the Business, not including
Labourers, Porters, Messengers, etc.
- In what Trade employed.
- Wholesale Merchants, Bankers, Capitalists,
Professional Persons, Artists, Architects, Teachers,
Clerks, Surveyors, and other educated men, including
generally, Persons, maintaining themselves otherwise
than by manufacture, trade or bodily Labour.
- Miners, Fishermen, Boatmen, Excavators of Canals,
Roadmakers, Toll‑Collectors, or Labourers employed by
persons of the three preceding Classes, or otherwise
employed in any kind of bodily labour, excepting
- Not being Taxable Servants, under the next Question
13 and not included in any of the foregoing Classes and
including retired Tradesmen, superannuated Labourers,
and Males diseased or disabled in body or mind.
- Household Servants, including all Female Servants,
and sauch Male Servants, of whatever Age, as are Taxable
as such: also Waiters and Attendants at Inns.
- Males, upwards of 20 years of Age.
- Males, 20 years of Age and under.
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