Sussex Census Returns 1841 - Volume 20

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The 1841 Census was taken on the night of the 7th June. The persons in each household are listed with their occupations but the relationship between them is not shown. The ages up to 14 are supposed to be correct and those above 14 have generally been rounded down to a multiple of five, e.g. 24 was reduced to 20 and 29 to 25. With regard to the places of birth, 'Y(es)' stands for those born in the county of their residence and 'N(o)' for those not born in the same county.

The 1841 Census is the earliest and most complete record of the inhabitants in Sussex in existence. It is therefore of tremendous importance to family historians, often providing the bridge between the civil registration records that started in 1837 and parish records that in some cases date back to 1538.

Transcribed as enumerated by PBN Publications. Includes index of surnames. ISBN 1-905347-29-4

It is interesting to note in relation to this volume that construction of the London to Brighton railway started in 1838 and it was completed in September 1841. Over 3,500 men and 570 horses were used to build the line at a total cost of 2,634,059 (57,262 per mile).

On Census night 1841 over 900 railway workers (many with their families) were temporarily living in the parishes covered by this volume. The workers mainly comprised bricklayers, stone masons, carpenters, excavators, miners, platelayers and labourers, most of who were involved in the construction of the monumental Balcombe viaduct over the River Ouse and the Balcombe tunnel. The Balcombe viaduct was first opened on 12 th July 1841, seven days after the Census was taken.

Includes: Lindfield, Horsted Keynes, Ardingly, Balcombe and Cuckfield.

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Cat. No. PBN122

ISBN: 978-1-905347-29-2