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Written by John and Jan Meads

Burton Latimer 1871 Census


Edward Quincey in 1857
Country-wide censuses have been taken every ten years since 1801 (except for 1941). The 1841 census was the first to name all the inhabitants of each village or town. From 1851 onwards, extra details were included, such as the designated Head of Household, and the relationship of the occupants to him/her.  Also, the place of birth was added to the county of birth. As in 1841,1851and 1861, the Burton Latimer census enumerator in 1871 was  Edward Quincey, who now describes himself as ‘Innkeeper’, and was licensee at the Red Cow Inn; he was required to deliver a form to each household, which they would complete ready for collection the following day. If they were unable to read or write, he would complete it for them.                                                    

The census names everyone who spent the night of Sunday 2nd April in the parish. The result shows a population of 1280 plus two persons in a van and one person in a barn, eight uninhabited houses, including the Manor House and one house being built. It also mentions that there were four persons ‘away from home.’

Description of Enumeration District   

“The whole of the Parish of Burton Latimer including Mr. Walker’s Lodge – The Round House and cottages adjoining – Cottage on Poor’s Allotment – Mr. Draycott’s Lodge – Cottages at Windmill – House at Water Mill – Chicory Mill and Cottages adjoining – Isham and Burton Latimer Railway Station – Mr. John Cook Eady’s Lodge – Mr. Oborne’s Lodge and the Wold Lodge.”

References and Abbreviations

As in previous transcriptions, we have also added a first column reference number. This is our indexing, not part of the official census. However, by using it for the demarcation of each house or household, it allows the names to be re-sorted into alphabetical order for easy location and to remain cross-referenced to the household in the original census list.

The occupations etc. are listed as in the original return. The enumerator’s most common abbreviation: Ag Lab = Agricultural labourer.

The Chapman County Code has been used in the place of birth columns.

Other abbreviations used for Head of Household, Relationship to same, and Marital Status are as follows:

1871 Census Surname Index
1871 Census Household Index

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