Ruislip, Northwood and Eastcote
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Local History Research

What can the 1891 census tell us?

Would you like to join our research group and find out who lived here in the late nineteenth century, what they did for a living and what had changed in the past decade? Contact our Research Co-ordinator.

The 1891 census and other documents of value to our Research Group and, indeed, any person researching the history of the area are accessible below. More documents will be added as they become available.

Journal articles

The Society is in the process of scanning all the earlier Journals from 1978. To access information on these Journals, either use the Journal Index or go to the On-line Journals section of the website.

Bulletins

The Bulletins are also being scanned. Those that are ready are currently accessible via the On-line Journals section of the website. For the moment, we are not attempting to OCR them so those available will not be searchable.

Census information

Introduction

Census analyses.
Censuses were taken every 10 years from 1801 to 1931 but the census books used to gather information from 1801 to 1831 were destroyed in 1931 and those for 1931 were destroyed by fire in 1942.  For these years, only summary analyses remain.
Area covered
From 1801 to 1851 Ruislip parish covered Eastcote and part of what is now known as Northwood - See map of Ruislip parish enumeration districts (Colleen Cox QSS p8). 
From 1861 to 1901, following the creation of the new parish of Holy Trinity at Northwood in 1854, the definition of Ruislip was the new parish of Ruislip plus that part of the old parish now included in the parish of Holy Trinity Northwood.
Analyses prior to 1871 give the area as 6,260 acres. From then on, the acreage is shown as 6585 acres made up of
the parish of Ruislip now comprising 4837 acres plus that part of Holy Trinity that had been in the old parish of Ruislip comprising 1,747 acres. The increase from 6,260 acres is believed to be as a result of more accurate measurement carried out as part of the Ordnance Survey Mapping. There appear to be no boundary changes.
From 1911 to 1931 the census district of Ruislip is renamed Ruislip Northwood UDC, following the creation in 1904 of Ruislip Northwood Urban District Council to cover the area defined in previous censuses as Ruislip. 

Summary Analyses for Ruislip

These are on the "histpop" website. From 1801 - 1841 Ruislip parish can be found as part of the Elthorne One Hundred. From 1851 onwards, a hierarchy of districts is defined - Ruislip is a sub-division of Hayes (later Uxbridge), Hayes (later Uxbidge) is a sub-district of Uxbridge, and Uxbridge is a Registration district. Whilst totals are provided at Uxbridge Registration District level for all analyses, sub totals for the lower levels in the hierarchy are not always given. In particular, no sub-totals are provided at enumeration district level so whilst analyses may exist for 'Ruislip', a breakdown into the separate areas of Ruislip, Eastcote, and Northwood will not be found. However for 1861, 1871, 1881, and 1901, separate figures can be found for that part of Holy Trinity Northwood parish which had formerly been in Ruislip parish.

The analyses of each census year tend to differ so finding your way around the many varying documents can appear daunting. The following are links to some of the analyses that relate to our area : -

1801 census totals for Ruislip parish in Elthorne Hundred of Middx.
1811 census totals for Ruislip parish in Elthorne Hundred of Middx.
1821 census totals for Ruislip parish in Elthorne Hundred of Middx.
1831 census totals for Ruislip parish - page 1 in Elthorne Hundred of Middx.
1831 census totals for Ruislip parish - page 2 in Elthorne Hundred of Middx.
1841 census totals for Ruislip parish and hamlet of Northwood in Elthorne Hundred of Middx. 1851 census totals for Ruislip parish in Hayes, Uxbridge, Middx.
1851 census age profile for Hayes in which Ruislip parish resides.
1861 census totals for Ruislip parish in Hayes, Uxbridge.
1861 census total for New districts including Holy Trinity, Northwood.
1861 age analysis for Uxbridge
1871 house and population totals for Ruislip
1871 sub total for Holy Trinity Northwood
1871 sub district Hayes age profile - also other analyses available.
1881 totals for Ruislip and Northwood Holy Trinity
1881 totals for Hayes sub-district
1881 sub district age analysis - other analyses by sub district available.
1891 house and population totals Ruislip, Hayes, Uxbridge. 
1891 age analysis for Uxbridge - also other analyses available. 
1901 totals for Ruislip district 
1901 totals Ruislip and Holy Trinity Northwood parishes
1911 population for Ruislip Northwood
1911 houses for Ruislip Northwood 
1921 population for Ruislip Northwood - also other analyses available. 
1921 houses for Ruislip Northwood 
1931 population for Ruislip Northwood - also other analyses available. 
1931 houses total for Ruislip Northwood 

1881 Census

Northwood in the 1881 census (courtesy of Clive Allen)

Transcript of Ruislip Parish 1891 Census (RG12/1021) District: Uxbridge Sub-district: Hayes

A plain text PDF version is provided for browsing and an Excel spreadsheet version for analysis. Many thanks are due to the Hillingdon Family History Society who did most of the original transcription work involved in this, and have been very knowledgeable and supportive. The coding systems incorporated are shown in this list of Census Codes. It is hoped to use these with minor adjustments for all other censuses transcribed.

The 1891 enumeration districts match those shown on this parish map, except for District II and District III, which have been interchanged.

More detailed maps below, which straddle enumeration districts, provide much information contemporary with the time.

Ruislip 1897

South Ruislip 1897

Eastcote 1897

Northwood 1899

Enumeration District 1 - South part of Ruislip Enumerator:  Mr. Richard Augustus Foxlee Description:  All that part of the parish of Ruislip lying south of St Catherines Bridge in the direction of the stream comprising Bury Street, the Village of Ruislip, Kings End, Bourne Farm, and Pools Corner. Totals: Schedules Inhabited Uninhabited Building Under 5 rooms Males Females Population District 1 113 111 6 42 230 240 470 1891 Census District 1 - Transcript 1891 Census District 1 - Spreadsheet Enumeration District 2 - Eastcote Enumerator:  William Laws Description:  All that part of the parish of Ruislip lying East of the .. .. comprising the hamlet of Eastcote and Northolt Road. Totals Schedules Inhabited Uninhabited Building Under 5 rooms Males Females Population District 2 119 118 7 39 271* 294* 565 * The number of males and females shown on the Enumerator Summary reproduced above appears incorrect. The totals should read - Males 273, Females 292. The error appears to have arisen on schedule 116 where the ages of two sons, Herbert and Harvy/Harry, have been incorrectly entered in the column for female ages.
1891 Census District 2 - Transcript 1891 Census District 2 - Spreadsheet Enumeration district 3 - North part of Ruislip and Northwood Holy Trinity Enumerator: Samuel Matheson Description: 1. All that part of the parish of Ruislip lying North of S. Catherines Bridge in the direction of the stream comprising Harefield Lane and the Common in the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Martin and 2. the whole of the Ecclesiastical Parish of the Holy Trinity which is in Ruislip Parish. Totals: Schedules Inhabited Uninhabited Building Under 5 rooms Males Females Population Part 1 p1-19 105 102 11 4 27 262 276 538 Part 2 p20-28 53 52 3 0 32 128 135 263
1891 Census District 3 Part 1 - Transcript 1891 Census District 3 Part 1 - Spreadsheet 1891 Census District 3 Part 2 - Transcript 1891 Census District 3 Part 2 - Spreadsheet








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