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The Fernhurst Society

Censuses

 

This new project is analysing the Fernhurst and adjoining parish residences recorded in the 1841-1911 England censuses, and will hopefully summarise the information with cross-references to other information, e.g. parish maps. Censuses of all households in England and Wales are held every 10 years and become publicly available after 100 years.

We first plan to look at the 1901 Fernhurst Parish census returns. Fernhurst Parish was split across two enumeration districts. The records for each of the two Fernhurst districts consist of a set of identical handwritten forms, completed by the enumerator as he followed a pre-determined path through the area on that day.  Each form has space for the names of up to thirty-one people, grouped by household.  The path taken by the enumerator was chosen to ensure full coverage of the area.  Based on the information we have, we may well need to undertake further detective work to deduce the actual path taken by each of the enumerators.

We have received many offers of help, but we need a volunteer to help coordinate the project. If you would like to help please contact us.

Transcriptions of the 1841-1901 Fernhurst parish censuses are now complete, thanks to our many transcribers. The data are currently being checked against the census returns, but are provided here now as work in progress. Additional Fernhurst census transcriptions from 1841-1911 and from adjacent districts, and much other data including tithe records, much of it kindly provided by David Coward and Trevor Hill, are on this website. Comparing the area covered by the present Fernhurst parish with historical records is somewhat complex because there are other parishes that once impinged upon its village centre. We therefore include census returns from Fernhurst and parts of Linchmere, Easebourne and North Ambersham and Woolavington detached.

These records have been transcribed from handwritten documents that are not always easy to decipher, so errors are inevitable. Please contact us with any corrections.

Finally, we include an 1815 listing of Fernhurst parish - in effect, an early form of census, kindly transcribed by John Trussler.

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Note: some of the census tables are large; please be patient while they load.

 

1911

We plan to add information from the recently released 1911 census, which was taken on 2 April 1911.

 

1901

The 1901 census was taken on the night of March 31st across England and Wales. Fernhurst Parish enumeration district 1 was enumerated by William Luke Smith, and district 2 enumerated by Charles Hansford.  The North Ambersham district was enumerated by William Albert Hoare.

 

1891

The 1891 census was taken on the night of 5th April 1891. Fernhurst Parish enumeration district 1 was enumerated by William Luke Smith, and district 2 enumerated by Charles Hansford. The North Ambersham district was enumerated by Robert Burt.

1881

The 1881 census was taken on the night of 3rd April 1881. Fernhurst Parish enumeration district 1 was enumerated by William F Bridger, and district 2 enumerated by William Slade. The North Ambersham district was enumerated by W Thoms.

1871

The 1871 census was taken on the night of 2nd April 1871. Fernhurst Parish enumeration district 1 was enumerated by Thomas Bridger, and district 2 enumerated by Edward Etherington. The North Ambersham district was enumerated by James Pannell Pickman.

1861

The 1861 census was taken on the night of 7th April 1861. Fernhurst Parish enumeration district 1 was enumerated by Thomas Bridger, and district 2 enumerated by Edward Etherington. The North Ambersham district was enumerated by William Clement Lucas.

1851

The 1851 census was taken on the night of 30th March 1851.

1841

The 1841 census was taken on the night of 6th June 1841.

1815

Not a census, but an interesting listing of inhabitants of Fernhurst parish


 

More data will be added as the project progresses. Please check back again later.

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