Some of us are lucky enough to live in a house with a bit of history, maybe a home that has been lived in by generations of the same family. Over the forthcoming months, I am going to write about census’ records and the history of houses. The building that we call home, can take different forms, such as a bungalow, detached, semi-detached, terraced, end of terrace, flat, or cottage. In this first article, we will discovery why bedroom doors always open into the room.
During the first three months (January-March) of 1841, there were 270 births in Swansea. The 1841 Census was the first modern census and the first one to intentionally record names of all individuals in a household or institution – it was carried out on the night of June 6. To complete this huge task, 35,000 censusenumerators were appointed to undertake the data collection. Census forms were delivered by hand to each household, a few days prior to the said night. The forms were completed by the head of the house and collected on the 7. Enumerators would help those who were illiterate. The census recorded people’s names, age, sex, occupation, and if they were born “in county”. The returned forms were sorted later, and then copied into the Census Books. Swansea’s population was supposedly 39,458.