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The Wrecks after the Great Storm of 1880, Scarborough

The Wrecks after the Great Storm of 1880, Scarborough

Yorkshire has always been famous for its beautiful dale landscapes, but during the 19th century it underwent a period of radical change, as did the rest of the country, as the industrial revolution transformed society in Britain. Yorkshire began to be known instead for skylines of collieries and factories, and rapidly growing towns and cities.

Many more workers were needed as industry developed, and urban centres in Yorkshire saw a massive influx of working class inhabitants during the 19th century, leading to slums and poor living conditions.

The largest county in England, Yorkshire was particularly well-placed to take advantage of the swift advances in technology made throughout the 1800’s. Bordering the North Sea, it had several active ports, and most importantly an unusual variety and richness of natural resources.

Mines were built to harvest the rich seams of coal — ‘black gold’ — lead, copper and iron ore. Steel was manufactured in Sheffield, and the city had many factories producing cutlery that was sold globally. A strong woollen trade that had begun in medieval times strengthened with the use of new machinery, which allowed for the production of finer cloths, and centred around Bradford, Halifax and Leeds. Valuable cargoes that had previously been sent around the country via the canal system was now more easily transported by the railways, which arrived in Yorkshire in the early 1800’s. The county’s rich timber resources were used throughout England and locally for purposes such as shipbuilding. Yorkshire products were exported all over Europe from Hull, which became a vibrant North Sea fishery and trades centre.

Yorkshire 1861 Census — Top Ten Occupations

Position

Occupation

 

1

Labourer

Scotch Fisher Girls at Scarborough

Scotch Fisher Girls at Scarborough

2

Servant

3

Worsted Weaver/Spinner

4

Coal Miner

5

Dress Maker

6

House Keeper

7

Carter

8

Woollen Weaver

9

Tailor

10

Stone-mason

Yorkshire 1841 Census —
Famous People

Name

Listed Occupation

Emily Brontë

 

Charlotte Brontë

Governess

Ann Brontë

Governess

Fashion

What might your ancestors have been wearing at the time of the 1841 and 1881 censuses? Have a look at the lastest fashions.

BicyclingSports & Pastimes

How might your ancestors have spent their leisure time? Have a look at their sports and pastimes.

What information is included in the Yorkshire census?

Note that some information for some entries may be listed as ‘unknown’.

Year

Forename & Surname

Age & Sex

Occupation

Address

Town/ County of Birth

Relation to head of household

Marital Status

Medical Disabilities

Whether Employer/
Employee

Nationality

No. of years married

No. of children born, living & died

1841

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

*

 

 

         

1851

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

County

Yes

Yes

Yes

       

1861

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

       

1871

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

       

1881

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

     

1891

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

     

1901

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

     

1911

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

* Only tells you if the person was born in the same census county (usually has a y/yes or n/no).

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