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Author: ANDERTON, Paul, M.A.
Time Period: 19th Century Publisher: University of Keele
Language: English ISBN: 0143-1056
Date of Publication: 1982 Subject: History
Place of Publication: Keele, Staffordshire Subject 2: 1861 Census
Weight: 77 grams

This is a book about the 1861 Census rather than the Census itself. There are no surnames mentioned so it is NOT a book from which you can trace your family tree. However, if you have found an ancestor living in Leek in 1861 it will provide some valuable background information such as the Emunerators route and places from where people migrated. It is essentially an analysis of the census return which sheds light on conditions in Leek at the time.

Leek in 1861

Edited by Paul Anderton

Diagrams drawn by Mr C A Parrack
Illustration by Mr K W Golby
Cover by Mr R Poole
Published by Keele University Adult Education Department, 1982
14.5cm wide, 21cm tall (A5)
ISBN: 0143-1056 paperback


Census studies give us an unusual and direct insight into the lives of ordinary people in English towns in the nineteenth century. This is the first study of Leek based on an analysis of a census return to be published in the town. It has been put together by a group of people meeting as a local history class, under the auspices of the WEA and the Adult Education Department of the University of Keele. The intention of the study is to open up a new area for investigation in the history of Leek and the conclusions drawn in this booklet, therefore, are tentative rather than final. Much remains to be done before there is a full picture of the social mix of people who lived in mid-Victorian Leek; of the range of occupations followed in the town; of the class structure; and of the extent to which Leek owed its population increase to immigration or native fertility.

The research was done during two winters in 1979/80 and 1980/81. A number of other topics apart from this socio-economic survey were investigated and the group collected a great deal of information about the lives of silk workers, the unhealthiness of living conditions in parts of the town, and about political incidents in the town's history which have not received too much attention from local historians so far.


Leek and the 1861 Census

The Sample

The Population Structure of the Leek Sample
  • The population
  • Age/sex structure
  • Age/sex pyramid
  • Marital condition
  • Marital condition of people over 14 years in age bands
  • Total population graph 1801-1901
  • Surname distribution
Place of birth of Leek sample
  • Places of birth
  • Grouping of places in areas
  • Diagram of distribution of birthplaces up to radius 15 miles
  • Pie charts: percentage of population born in different places
  • Birthplaces of heads of households
  • Distribution of migrant heads of households over occupation groups
  • Distance travelled by male migrant heads of households
  • Occupations of female migrants
  • Distribution of birthplaces
  • Distance travelled by male migrant heads of household
A socio-occupational analysis of Leek sample
  • List of groups used and occupations found
  • Occupations of children
  • Number of persons in each group: percentage of those gainfully employed
  • Comparison of six main groups with Potteries' towns 1851
Domestic servants in the Leek sample
  • Occupation of heads of households and no. of servants
  • Occupations of servants
  • Distribution of servants by birthplace
Children in Leek sample
  • Children under 14 years


  • Roebuck Inn, Derby Street
  • Occupants of a Court off Derby Street
  • The Enumerator's Route


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Previous owner has written her name on the Title Page (page 1)



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