Oxford History: The Census


The 1851 Oxford census

The 1851 census was taken on the night of Sunday 30/31 March 1851. This census went into more detail than the 1841 census, and already the system was becoming much more bureaucratic, as the following detailed notice of the procedure published in Jackson's Oxford Journal of 30 November 1850 indicates:

JOJ 30 Nov 1850

On 15 March 1851 another general article on the UK census in Jackson's Oxford Journal stated that 30,691 enumerators had been appointed for England and Wales, and that five million census forms (weighing more than 31 tons) were ready to be distributed to householders.

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Last updated: 23 September, 2019

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