Local Population Studies

The journal Local Population Studies was first published as a newsletter and magazine in 1968, and later became a formal historical journal. It is published twice a year, and is unique in its focus on population and society in a local and a community context. Subscription to Local Population Studies is included in membership of the Local Population Studies Society (LPSS).

We welcome submissions of research articles and shorter pieces to the journal. If you are interested in submitting your work, please see the submit an article page.

Accessing Local Population Studies online

You can now access issues of Local Population Studies published since 2011 through the pages on this site. The most recent two years of issues are available to members only; if you are a member you should receive a short password from the Local Population Studies Society (LPSS) Secretary or through your subscribing institution (for example on the journal’s page of the library catalogue). If you encounter any problems, please contact web@localpopulationstudies.org.uk.

The links below can be used to gain access to specific issues.

FirstView articles

Articles and other material that has not yet been collated into a full issue may be viewed in our FirstView section. This section is only available to members of LPSS and subscribers to the journal.

Older issues of Local Population Studies

LPSS has also made older issues of Local Population Studies freely available. These are stored on our older webpages (these pages look a bit out of date, but still function). If you have any problems with the pages, or would like a copy of a specific article, please contact editor@localpopulationstudies.org.uk.

Contents of recent issues (2021-2023)


For members and subscribers only.

  • Contents, contributors, editorial
  • Paul Tomblin and Rowena Burgess, Conference report: Nonconformist Local Population Revisited
  • F.E. Terry-Chandler, Neat-Handed Women? The Gendered Construction of Skill in the Birmingham Hardware Trades, 1780-1870
  • Mike Kipling, Sussex Debt Suits at the Elizabethan Court of Common Pleas
  • Helen Bates and Stephen Walker, Research note: Investigating the Darley Abbey Grave Slabs
  • Sue Jones, with Peter Franklin and Gillian Chiverton, Reflections on the Local Population Studies Society Newsletter, 1988-2023
  • List and Index Society Publications
  • Details of a forthcoming event
  • Book Reviews

Local Population Studies 109 (Autumn 2022)

For members and subscribers only.

  • Contents, contributors, editorial
  • Eilidh Garett, Conference report: Household and Family in Past Time Revisited
  • Andrew Hinde, Obituary: Sir Tony Wrigley’s Contribution to Local Population Studies
  • Chris Briggs, What Proportion of an English Village’s Population was Involved in Credit Networks, c. 1377?
  • Samantha Williams, The Working-Age Poor and the Workhouse, 1851-1911
  • William Farrell and Andrew Hinde, Review of Recent Periodical Literature


For members and subscribers only.

  • Contents, contributors, editorial, book reviews
  • Andrew Hinde, 404PLUS: Back to the 404 Parishes and Beyond – Local Population Studies Society Spring Workshop 2022
  • Sadie McMullon, Marriage Horizons in Fletton 1891-1911: the Hidden Narrative behind the Parish Marriage Registers
  • Miriam Angélica Camacho Martínez, Lourdes Márquez Morfín, Patricia Olga Hernández Espinoza, The Effects of Social Value on Child Mortality: the Case of El Sagrario Parish, Zacatecas, México, 1835-1845
  • Peter Jolly, Strategies for Survival: Charwomen in Rural Berkshire
  • Sue Jones, The 1727-1731 Demographic Crisis in Non-Metropolitan Surrey
  • Tom Heritage, The Future of our Ageing Population: Lessons from the Nineteenth Century

Local Population Studies 107 (Autumn 2021)

Open access.

  • Contents, contributors, editorial, conference reports
  • Sue Jones, ‘Big Data’ and Parish Registers: a Case Study of Mortality in Early Modern Non-Metropolitan Surrey.
  • Paul Schoon, The Bedfordshire Demographic Crisis of 1727-1731: some Evidence of Differentiated Socially Selective Mortality.
  • Lisard Palau Elcacho, A Short Note on Women’s Work in the Textile Industrial Colonies of Inland Catalonia in the Early Twentieth Century.
  • Andrea Corsale, Geopolitical Conflicts seen through Transnational Identities: a Case from the Ukrainian Community in Cagliari, Italy.
  • Prisca Greenhow, Sparrow Catching in Mattishall, Norfolk in the Early Nineteenth Century.
  • William Farrell and Andrew Hinde, Review of Recent Periodical Literature
  • Chris Galley, Infant Mortality in England, 1538-2000: Decline in the Twentieth Century.

Local Population Studies 106 (Spring 2021)

Open access.

  • Contents, contributors, editorial
  • Marion R. Hardy, The Seasonality of Marriages and Baptisms in some Devon Seafaring Parishes
  • Dave Postles, Literacy and Locality in Two Midlands Industrialising Places, 1754-1812
  • Cathy Day, Illegitimacy and its Effects on Marriage Prospects in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Rural England
  • Sarah L. Rafferty, Can Indirect Estimation Methods and the Medical Officer of Health Reports ‘Correct’ Distorted Infant Mortality Rates Reported by the Registrar General? The Case of London, 1896–1911
  • Book Reviews
  • Chris Galley, Infant Mortality in England, 1538-2000: Stability and the Beginnings of Change, 1837-1910