Saturday, 18 February 2017

Eton Wick Census 1851

The United Kingdom Census of 1851 was taken on the of 31st March 1851 and was the second of the UK censuses to include details of household members. The total population of England, Wales and Scotland was recorded as 21,104,072 persons including those serving in the Army, Navy and Merchant Seamen.

Details collected include: 

Place: street name, house number or house name.

Houses: inhabited, uninhabited or a building.

Names of each person who were resident in the house on the night preceding the census.

Age and sex of each person: Unlike the 1841 census the actual age in years or months for babies under one year are recorded in the 1851 census.

Occupation: Profession, trade or employment.

Birth place, county and country are recorded for the first time.


The Superintend Registrar's District was Eton, Bucks and the Registrar's district was Eton. Enumeration District No. 6.

The area classed as Eton Wick for the 1851 census was the remainder of the Parish of Eton west of the Great Western Railway. The Enumerators report was initialed and dated Nov 7th 1851.

The 1851 Census reveals that there were 72 households and 333 people resident in the village on the 31st March. The oldest person, Thomas King age of 88, he was born in 1763. There were two other residents in their 80’s. The youngest at three days old was a daughter of John and Lucy Dobner who had not been named at the time of the census. There were 3 babies born in the first three months of 1851.

Click on this link to see our transcription of the 1851 census records for Eton Wick. We will be looking deeper into what the census reveals about Eton Wick and publish our findings in future articles. 

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