Census, or sense of humour

TheĀ United Kingdom Census of 1881 recorded significant information about the people residing in every UK household on the night of 3 April 1881.

It was just the fifth of the UK censuses to include details of household members (previously censuses recorded the head of the household and property details).

Details collected include: address, name, relationship to the head of the family, marital status, age at last birthday, gender, occupation, and place of birth.

What’s really interesting is that at that time, we either had a much looser understanding of ‘occupation’, or perhaps people were less afraid of showing they had a sense of humour.

You decide.

1881 census occupations

1881 census occupations


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