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Census

The Government conducted a head count in 1801 to estimate how many soldiers and sailors it could expect to raise from the population but the first reliable census was conducted in 1841 when each person was identified. The Wells Library has compiled a summary of the census results to show the decline in the population of the village.
Year Males Females Total
 1801  1155
Year Males Females Total
1811  1225
Year Males Females Total
1821  1327
Year Males Females Total
1831  1315
Year Males Females Total
1841  1216
The 1841 census coincided with the reorganisation of tithes in between 1838-1840 which is the earliest date that a reliable picture who lived where can be produced for the whole village. The Kingsmill’s sale of 1848 provides additional information about the occupants of several properties bewteen the 1841 and 1851 census.
Year Males Females Total
1851  1139
Year Males Females Total
1861  976
Year Males Females Total
1871  938
Year Males Females Total
1881  824
Year Males Females Total
1891  379  369  748
Year Males Females Total
1901  333  338  748
Year Males Females Total
1911  371  357  728
Year Males Females Total
1921  340  341  681
 The 1921 census data has not been made availbe to the public and the 1931 data was destroyed by German bombs in WW2.
Year Males Females Total
1931  325  321  646
Year Males Females Total
1951  286  315  601
Year Males Females Total
1961  272  288  560
Year Males Females Total
1971  275  260  535
Year Males Females Total
1981  480
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