Coal hole plate made in Southwark

Lost Industries of Southwark Education Resources

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Worksheet 1 - Using Census Sheet 1851

1851 Census


  • Look carefully at the two Census sheets (document 1a, 1b). What kinds of information can a census tell us?

  • Have a look at each address, group the various people into families. How do the families compare with present day families?

  • Count how many families live in each house.

  • How old are the adults and the children? Look at their places of birth. Can you see any connection between place of birth and poverty/wealth?

  • How many of the families have servants? Do you think that it was only the very rich that had servants?

Southwark Street Scene

  • Find out what jobs the people did and who lived in each house. What makes you think some people are rich and some poor? Do you see any connection between the jobs they do and whether they are rich or poor?

  • Look at Document 2. look at the bottom of the form and see the codes for filing in the last column. Would we use these words now? Why not? What would we use instead?

  • Take a Victorian census of the members of your class or your neighbours, using Document 2 as a guide.

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