Reblogging a post I wrote for the Iron Room Blog whilst researching for my Workshop on “Lifting the Lid on the Parish Chest” on 14th March- see tab for Courses for more info and booking details.
Delving into the parish chest records for St Giles Sheldon in search of material to use in a family history workshop I came across a rather bland looking reference: EP 42 Box 6. Item 3. Sheldon Population 1821. I was almost more taken by Item 1: An Act more effectually to prevent profane cursing and swearing (1745) – and wondered whether it was still on the statute books!
But knowing that there was a civil census taken in 1821, for which nationally there are only statistical returns available, I was interested enough to take a look. And I was rewarded by discovering that it is indeed the local parish listing compiled for the purposes of the census and listing the names of 79 heads of household.
I was really excited by the find as the most up-to-date guide to early Census schedules and listings…
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