LITTON CHENEY CENSUSES
HISTORIC ARCHIVE
A census is taken every 10 years.  Those currently available for public viewing cover the period 1841 to 1911 – data is only made available after 100 years have passed.  Each household is required to complete a census return on a particular night.  Thus, it merely provides details of who was present on that day, not necessarily of everybody who normally lives there.  The data requested varies at each census, more information being available from the later ones.  However, except for major dwellings such as the church, the school, larger houses and farms, there is no record of the actual location of each dwelling. The boundaries of Litton Cheney Parish have been manipulated at various times during the period covered by available census data.  The following lists are taken from the introduction of each census. 1841 - gives no schedule numbers, no indication of relationship and the ages over 15 years are rounded to the nearest five years.  There is no description of the area covered.View transcription 1851 - Covers the whole of the Parish of Litton Cheney including Loder Lands Farm, Eggardon, Stancombe Charitys, Gorwell, Ashley, Parks and Litton Cheney Village.View transcription 1861 - Covers the whole of the Parish of Litton Cheney including Loder Lands Farm House, Eggardon Farm House, Dairy House and Cottages, Stancombe Cottages, Combe Farm House, Dairy House and Cottages, Litton Cheney Village and Charitys, Parks Dairy House, Ashley Dairy House and Cottages, and Gorwell Farm House and Cottages.View transcription 1871 - Covers the whole of the Parish of Litton Cheney including Litton Cheney Village, Loder Lands Farm Houses, Eggerton, Stancombe, Charitys, Gorwell, Ashley, Parks, White Cross and Combe Farm House and Cottages. View transcription 1881 - The whole of the Parish of Litton Cheney including Litton Cheney Village, Loder Lands Farm Houses, Eggerdon Farm House and Cottages, Stancombe Cottages, Charitys, Gorwell Farm House and Cottages, Ashley Dairy House and Cottages, Parkes Dairy-House, White Horse, Coombe Farm House and Cottages.View transcription 1891 - The whole of the Parish of Litton Cheney is bounded on the West by Chilcombe, on the North by Askerswell, on the South by Puncknowle and on the East by Abbotsbury. It includes Litton Cheney Village, Stancombe Cottages, Gorwell Farm House and Cottages, Ashley Dairy House and Cottages, Parkes Dairy House, the White Horse Inn and Coombe Farm House and Cottages.  Unfortunately the census document does not show addresses.View transcription 1901 - The whole of the Parish of Litton Cheney is bounded on the West by Chilcombe, on the North by Powerstock and the Old Roman Road, on the South by Puncknowle and Swyre and on the East by Long Bredy. It includes the Parish of Litton Cheney, Stancombe Cottages, Coombe Farm House and Cottages, the White Horse Inn, School House and Cottages.  Unfortunately the census document does not always show addresses.View transcription 1911 - The whole of the Parish of Litton Cheney is bounded on the West by Chilcombe, on the North by Powerstock and the Old Roman Road, on the South by Puncknowle and Swyre and on the East by Long Bredy. It includes the Parish of Litton Cheney, Stancombe Cottages, Coombe Farm House and Cottages, the White Horse Inn, School House and Cottages.View transcription Occupations The table below summarises the occupations of Litton Cheney residents during the period covered.  As one would expect, the majority were involved with various types of farm-work.  However, many now defunct (as far as the village is concerned) occupations are listed e.g. cordwainer, brewer, baker, harness maker and, in particular, servant. **Note: 1901 and 1911 scholar totals estimated from children’s ages i.e. 5 to 13 which was the compulsory period for education, although difficult to enforce. In 1841 there were 70+ children between the ages of 5 and 13 but no compulsory education. Families It is interesting to see how many names crop up during the period covered.  Some families appear on as many as seven censuses and may continue after the 1911 version.  The table HERE lists those that appear on at least two censuses.
Number per Census 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 Farmer 7 7 10 9 8 8 6 11 Agricultural Worker 47 78 66 117 47 77 26 47 Carter/Carrier 7 12 19   19 2 11 8 Cattle/Corn Dealers         1   1 Dairy Worker 7 9 23 16 12 18 13 7 Gamekeeper 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 Shepherd 4 6 10 7 7 1 6 1 Waterman (Water Meadows) 1   2 Woodman/Hurdle Maker 1 1 3 7 2 2 Total Farmworkers 75 114 135 157 98 110 64 74 Annuitant/Fundholder/Pensioner   4 2 11 3 Bailiff     2     1 1 Baker 3 4 7 2 6 7 5 8 Blacksmith 4 4 4 3 1 3 1 3 Brewer     1 1 Bricklayer       1     1 2 Builder   1   1 1 Butcher   1 2 1 1 1 Carpenter/Wheelwright 10 7 7 6 7 2 3 4 Charwoman   5 6 3 5 3 Coachman         1 2 1 Cordwainer/Shoemaker 6 6 6 4 4 3 4 2 Dressmaker/Seamstress 1 4 8 7 4 6 4 4 Engineer       1 2     1 Gardener   1 1 2 3 4 1 3 Grocer 1 2 2 4 3 2 4 Groom     3 3 4 1   2 Harness Maker     1 Independent Means 8 4 4   4 8 4 2 Labourer   3 1 4 3 1 2 3 Landlord of White Horse Inn 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Laundress   1 2 5 3 4 2 Maltster/Brewer   2 1 Mason 3 6 4 4 3 4 1 Miller 2 3 2 1 3   2 1 Net Braider   8 27 13 9 1 4 3 Pageboy               1 Pauper 4 11 3   2 2 Post Master/Mistress       1 1 1 2 3 Primitive Methodist Preacher       1 Rector of St Maryís Church 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Roadman   6 2 3 2   1 1 Scholar ? 37 67 130 78 49 59** 49** Schoolmaster/Schoolmistress 1 2 3 4 3 2 2 6 Servant 24 22 17 19 13 13 6 7 Solicitor     1 Thatcher 5 3 3 1 2 1 1 Washerwoman     1   1   1 Watch & Clock Maker 1
Occupation
Village History Kelleyís Directories Village Shop Village Bakery Notable Events John Hawkins Census Data Animation not available on phones or tablets Dorset Litton Cheney
in the Bride Valley