Sussex Census Returns 1841 - Volume 24

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Sussex Census Returns 1841 - Volume 24

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.

This census transcription includes the Preston Cavalry Barracks, which was home to the Scots Greys Regiment in 1841. The Census lists the officers and soldiers, their families and other personnel. Not surprisingly the majority were born outside Sussex (mostly Scotland and Ireland), highlighting the importance of tracking down where regiments were billeted in Census years when researching military ancestors.

The Scots Greys is one of the oldest cavalry regiments in the British army and 13 years later at the battle of Balacava (1854) it was involved in one of the most successful cavalry charges in military history. This was commemorated by Tennyson in the poem “The Charge of the Heavy Brigade at Balaclava”. It is perhaps ironic that the less successful “Charge of the Light Brigade” is now better known.

Transcribed as enumerated plus index on CD.

Includes: Patcham, Aldrington, Hangleton, Portslade, Hove, Preston, Preston Cavalry Barracks (Scots Greys) and West Blatchington.

Index (PDF)

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Cat. No. PBN130

ISBN: 978-1-905347-37-7