Dorney Census 1871

The United Kingdom Census of 1871 was taken on Sunday 3rd April, 1871 and was the fourth of the UK censuses to include details of household members. The enumerated population of England and Wales was 22,704,108 souls. This is an increase of 2,637,884 over the numbers living at the previous Census and exceeded the Government's expectations. To the above numbers the Army, Navy, and Merchant Seamen Abroad needed to be added. Foreigners were numerous in England, but their numbers were set-off against the numbers of Englishmen of other classes abroad. 

Details collected include: 

Place: street name, house number or house name.

Houses: inhabited, uninhabited or a building.

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

Age and sex of each person: The actual age in years or months for babies under one year are recorded in the 1871 census.

Rank, Profession or Occupation.

Birth place, county and country.

Whether Blind, Deaf or Dumb.

The Superintend Registrar's District was Eton, Bucks and the Registrar's sub district was Burnham. Enumeration District No. 1. The enumerator was Henry Thomas Rolfe.

The area included as Dorney for the 1871 census was part of the Parish of Dorney and the whole of the Liberty of Boveney, including Dorney Village, Dorney Court Farm, Trumper's Farm, The Beer House near Eton Wick, Dorney Common, the cottages near Boveney Chapel, Boveney Court, Singers Farm, Dorney Lodge Farm, Dorney Court, The Vicarage, Lake End and Lake End Common, 2 cottages opposite the Beerhouse at Eton Wick, and Boveney Lock house.

The 1871 Census indicates that there were 99 households and 421 people resident in the village on the 3rd April. The oldest people were, Jane Bunce and Elizabeth Caster, both were aged 80. James Hobbrough was youngest at one day old, he was  one of eight children recorded as being born in the first three months of 1871.


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