Local Communities in the Victorian Census Enumerators’ Books

Dennis Mills and Kevin Schürer (eds) Local Communities in the Victorian Census Enumerators’ Books (Oxford, 1996). £10 including postage and packing

The census enumerators’ books (CEBs) form one of the key documentary sources for the study of the Victorian period. Their value and lasting appeal is very much a result of their universal coverage: census material addressing a wide range of demographic, economic and social issues can be found for virtually every parish in the country. Given that information is obtainable on named individuals, together with the families and households in which they resided, the CEBs form a central core to local community-based studies for the Victorian (and now Edwardian) periods. With an emphasis on method, approach and interpretation, this book will appeal to those studying the CEBs in universities, colleges and schools, as well as family and local historians engaged in the investigation of particular communities.


D.R. Mills and K. Schürer, ‘Communities in the Victorian censuses: an introduction’, pp. 1-13.

D.R. Mills and K. Schürer, ‘The enumeration process’, pp. 16-26.

Edward Higgs, ‘The tabulation of occupations in the nineteenth-century census, with special reference to domestic servants’, pp. 27-35.

Tom Arkell, ‘Identifying the census enumerators: Cornwall in 1851’, pp. 36-41.

Ian C. Taylor, ‘Liverpool’s institutional and quasi-institutional populations in 1841 and 1851’, p. 42-6.

Valerie Burton, ‘A floating population: vessel enumeration returns, 1851-1921’, pp. 47-55.

John Whyman, ‘Visitors to Margate in the 1841 census: an attempt to look at the age and social structure of Victorian holidaymaking’, pp. 56-69.

K. Schürer and D.R. Mills, ‘Population and demography’, pp. 72-85.

David Thomson, ‘Age reporting by the elderly and the nineteenth-century census’, pp. 86-99.

Minoru Yasumoto, ‘How accurate is the Methley baptismal registration’, pp. 100-5.

Roger Smith, ‘Population movements and the development of working-class suburbs in 1801-1851: the case of Nottingham’, pp. 106-14.

Audrey Perkyns, ‘Age checkability and accuracy in the censuses of six Kentish parishes, 1851-1881’, pp. 115-34.

D.R. Mills and K. Schürer, ‘Employment and occupations’, pp. 136-60.

Ruth G. Scott, ‘Population and enclosure in the mid-nineteenth century: the example of Exmoor’, pp. 161-70.

Christine Hallas, ‘Craft occupations in the late-nineteenth century: some local considerations’, pp. 171-83.

Osamu Saito, ‘Who worked when? Lifetime profiles of labour-force participation in Cardington and Corfe Caste in the late-eighteenth and mid-nineteenth centuries’, pp. 184-99.

Melvyn Jones, ‘Combining estate records with census enumerstors’ books to study nineteenth-century communities: the case of the Tankersley ironstone miners, c. 1850′, pp. 200-16.

D.R. Mills and K. Schürer, ”Migration and population turnover’, pp. 218-28.

Audrey Perkyns, ‘Birthplace accuracy in the censuses of six Kentish parishes, 1851-1881’, pp. 229-45.

William Turner, ‘Patterns of migration of textile workers into Accrington in the early-nineteenth century’, pp. 246-52.

Bogusia Wojciechowska, ‘Brenchley: a study of migratory movements in a mid-nineteenth-century rural parish’, pp. 253-66.

Martin B. White, ‘Family migration in Victorian Britain: the case of Grantham and Scunthorpe’, pp. 267-77.

K. Schürer and D.R. Mills, ‘Family and household structure’, pp. 280-97.

Neil M. Howlett, ‘Family and household in a nineteenth-century Devonshire village’, pp. 298-305.

Jenny Dyer, ‘The child populations of Ladywood and Edgbaston in 1851’, pp. 306-16.

P.R.A. Hinde, ‘Household structure, marriage and the institution of service in nineteenth-century rural England’, pp. 317-25.

Mark Brayshay, ‘Depopulation and changing household structure in the mining communities of west Cornwall, 1851-1871’, pp. 326-45.

K. Schürer and D.R. Mills, ‘Residential patterns’, pp. 348-62.

Adrian Henstock, ‘House repopulation from the CEBs of 1841 and 1851’, pp. 363-82.

Noreen Vickers, ‘The structure of the Whitby jet industry in 1871’, pp. 383-93.

John B, Redfern, ‘An early Victorian suburban elite: heads of household at home’, pp. 394-407.

Charles Rawding, ‘Village type and employment structure: an analysis in the nineteenth-century Lincolnshire wolds’, pp. 408-24.


Supplementary bibliography


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