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Local Enumeration District Route Descriptions in the England Census.
The England Census which is carried out every ten years can provide an interesting insight to the past layout of the Village.
Here, in these pages I have started to transcribe the Census routes the enumerators would have taken, each route around the area will be detailed, so that the routes can be compared for each decade.
The intention is to include each one, from 1841 to 1901, although the descriptions are often similar from decade to decade, there are many subtle and interesting differences.
This can throw some light into place name locations and place names that have changed or disappeared and places that were regarded as local features.
The enumerators, that is the person that would have gone to each individual house on the route to add the census entry (although 1911 and onwards this could be done by the householder) were usually local business men, publicans, teachers, etc.
I have tried my best to accurately transcribe the contents exactly how it was written, perhaps with the occasional punctuation to make it more understandable, however as the routes were handwritten and sometimes not very legible, I have taken great care but there is always the possibility of errors.
I hope the following pages and transcriptions will interest researchers and others who have interests in our past.
Obviously, you will need to be at least aware of the layout of the Village, the general areas, and road and place names etc., to make any sense of these transcriptions.
The pages can be reached using the sub-menu at the head of the page for each decade covered.
Below is one example of a route transcribed, showing route no., enumerator's name and some notes I have added which may be of interest.
The 'Mr x House' often referred to in these transcriptions is usually a public house belonging to the named person and often used as a starting/finishing point (!).

1881 Enumeration District: 50 Lower Gornal.
Enumerator: Mr James M. Davar.
Boundary of Enumeration
All that part of the Village of Lower Gornal commencing in Duke St Ruiton, at and include the house of Henry Smith, continue on right hand side into Vale St, thence to the right along Vale St round by John Polton's Shop which include and continue onward on right hand side only to the bottom of Holloway St taking in all houses on that side of the route including those in Holloway Square, Ellowes Row, Ellowes Hall, then take Foster's Farm House and the 6 house in Fold where Emma Southalls' is situated also a house near boundary wall near the Ellowes Garden close to road leading to Foster's Farm, then take all houses in Ruiton Street commencing at No 1 and ending at Mr John Evans[?] Grocer both inclusive also take in the Houses in Furlong Walk.
Changes from the 1871 route, Park Street is now called Vale Street, some shop owners names have changed, also Barrow's Farm re-named as Foster's Farm.
Henry Smith's house referres to the Duke William.