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What does the 1851 Census tell us?

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Extract from the 1851 Census showing data relating to Crook. Click on image to enlarge.

Example extract from the 1851 Census showing data relating to Crook. (Image courtesy of The National Archives, ref. HO 107/2386 f222). Click on image to enlarge.

Take a close look at the information extracted from the 1851 Census using the Transcript. Then try to answer the questions below.Alternative questions for use with a Key Stage 3 Class can be found here.

1. Using the information in the 1851 Census extract, draw and label a bar graph showing the top 5 birthplaces of the population in Crook. For people born in England just name the county.

2. After Co. Durham, where did the majority of Crook's settlers originate. Can you explain this?

3. How many of the people in this sample were born in Crook? How many of these were adults?

4. What does this tell us about how Crook was developing at this period of time?

5. What are the gender, age and occupation of the majority of lodgers in Crook in 1851?

6. What two things can we learn from this piece of information?

7. What does looking at the occupations of the majority of inhabitants of Crook in 1851 tell you about the types of work available in the area?

Once you have finished and you are happy with your answers, try looking at the 1901 Census to see what changes.

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