This UK Census collection gives details on the records of all those enumerated in the 1891 Census of England and Wales. The United Kingdom Census of 1891 recorded the people residing in every household on the night of 5/6 April 1891, and was the fourth of the UK censuses to include details of household members. The Census of England, Wales, Scotland, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man collected detailed information on each individual who spent the night in an individual household.

Information in the 1891 Census records:

  • Name and surname of each person in the property
  • Relationship to head of the family
  • Marital status
  • Age at last birthday
  • Gender
  • Occupation
  • Birthplace
  • Additional information about the dwelling and property was also collected

As with previous Census collections, the Census forms were distributed to all households a couple of days before census night and the completed forms were collected the following day. All forms were meant to accurately reflect each individual's status as of 5/6 April 1891 & the household they spent the night in. People who were travelling or living abroad were recorded at the location or place where they spent the night. All of the details from the individual forms were later sorted and copied into The Census books, which are the original records you can view images of today.

Case Study: Thomas Hardy 1891 Census Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy was an English novelist and poet, born in 1840, in Stinsford, Dorset, the son of a stonemason and local builder. Most of his fictional works were set in the semi-fictional county of Wessex. Initially, he gained fame as the author of novels, including ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure. He later became regarded as an influential poet. In the 1891 census, he is found living with his first wife ,Emma Lavinia Hardy, in Max Gate, Dorchester, a house he designed and where he lived until his death.

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