Dartford 1801 & 1821 Census

 

Census listings containing names prior to 1841 are rare. However, the 1801 and 1821 books for Dartford have survived and are held at Medway Archives. They have been published as a joint venture between Medway Council and the North West Kent FHS, the filming and scanning was funded by the Society using a donation kindly made for the purpose by Mr Christopher Sanham.

The CD contains images of these in JPG format, each around 4800x3900 pixels allowing them to be zoomed and read quite easily using suitable viewing software. The disk now includes a transcript of both censuses.

1801 Census

The information given in the 1801 book is particularly informative. The listing is arranged by location, e.g. 'High Street', then 'Overy Liberty' etc. For each family full names are given, including those of servants. Relationships are indicated either as 'wife', or for children can be read from the column headed 'Issue'. Occupations are identified, but only as three broad classes as required by the government: these are 'Agriculture', 'Trade etc', or '3rd class' (those not in the other two).

Total number of double-page spreads: 53; total population named and enumerated: 2,406.

Dartford 1801 Census
Example of part of a page from the 1801 Census book to give an idea of its layout. This has been massively reduced in size & quality to allow quick viewing on the web.

1821 Census

Only heads of household are given, with their occupational class. But unlike 1801, there are the numbers in each household together with their age structure (categorised into 10-year age bands).

Total number of double-page spreads: 28; number of named heads of household: 635; total population enumerated: 3,578.

Dartford 1821 Census
Example of part of a page from the 1821 Census book to give an idea of its layout. Again this has been reduced in size to allow quick viewing on the web.