Censuses of Trumpington

The Trumpington Local History Group transcribed the eight censuses for the parish of Trumpington from 1841 to 1911, in a project completed in December 2010. We added information about the 1921 census in 2023. This page has an introduction to the censuses and links to a separate page for each year.

1841 census : carried out on 6 June, population 759 people.

1851 census : carried out on 30 March, population 771 people.

1861 census : carried out on 7 April, population 716 people.

1871 census : carried out on 2 April, population 841 people.

1881 census : carried out on 3 April, population 940 people.

1891 census : carried out on 5 April, population 975 people.

1901 census : carried out on 31 March, population 1084 people.

1911 census : carried out on 2 April, population 1269 people.

1921 census : carried out on 19 June, population 1388 people.

Introduction to the Censuses of Trumpington project

A census of England and Wales has been taken by the government every ten years, starting in 1801 (except for 1941). Nearly all the returns from individual households were destroyed after the censuses were taken from 1801 to 1831, so we now only have access to detailed information from 1841 onwards.

The latest year to be made public is 1921, so there are 9 complete censuses available for reference.

A team of four members of the Trumpington Local History Group (Ken Fletcher, Sheila Glasswell, Sylvia Jones and Howard Slatter) have completed transcribing all these nine censuses for the parish of Trumpington, and these transcriptions are available in pdf format.

Although the ecclesiastical parish boundaries changed over the 70 year period, we have used the original boundaries (i.e. those of the civil parish) in each transcription. The only exception to this is Cavendish (later Homerton) College in Hills Road, within the parish, but not transcribed here because of the largely transient nature of the residents.

With a very few exceptions, we have adopted the “type what you see” approach to transcription. This means that where a word was mis-spelled or an age was recorded incorrectly, the written version appears in the transcript. Where there is an obvious error which can be supported by reference to the Parish Registers, Civil Registration indexes, or other census years, we have attempted to record that in the ‘notes’ column, though not all such errors have been noted yet.

The introductory page to each census year gives the description of the parish for that year and explains any idiosyncrasies attached to that particular transcript; the details recorded changed (usually increasing in quantity) almost each time.

The original census documents and images are held by The National Archives , which has information about researching census records . The records from 1841 to 1921 can be consulted online in several places, including Ancestry and Find My Past ( 1921 census ).

We hope that family, social and local historians will find these transcripts useful. If you find an obvious error, or wish to make any comment about these pages, please contact us .

We would welcome links to these pages from other websites.

This is one of a number of pages about Resources , with information about other archive collections, including the availability of Trumpington’s parish records.

The is also a page with stories from the censuses .