1881 Census of England and Wales, Tables: Ages, Condition as to Marriage, Occupations and Birthplaces of people, Table 10 : " Occupations of Males and Females in the Division and its Registration Counties".

List Wakefield PLU/RegD Sandal Magna AP/CP
OCCUPATIONS. Males.
[1]
Females.
[2]
1. PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE GENERAL OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF THE COUNTRY. 16 Show data context -
  Civil Service (officers and clerks) 5 Show data context -
  Civil Service (messengers, &c.) 4 Show data context -
  Police 6 Show data context -
  Municipal, Parish, Union, District, Officer 1 Show data context -
3. PERSONS ENGAGED IN PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATIONS (WITH THEIR IMMEDIATE SUBORDINATES). 31 Show data context 21 Show data context
  Clergymen (Established Church) 3 Show data context -
  Minister, Priest of other religious bodies 2 Show data context -
  Missionary, Scripture Reader, Itinerant preacher 1 Show data context -
  Church, chapel, cemetery - officer, servant 2 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Barrister, Solicitor 6 Show data context -
  Law Clerk, and others connected with the law 4 Show data context -
  Subordinate Medical Service - 6 Show data context
  Schoolmaster 5 Show data context 11 Show data context
  Teacher, Professor, Lecturer 1 Show data context 3 Show data context
  School Service, and others connected with teaching 1 Show data context -
  Mining Engineer 1 Show data context -
  Land, House, Ship, Surveyor 2 Show data context -
  Engraver (artist) 1 Show data context -
  Architect 1 Show data context -
  Musician, Music Master 1 Show data context -
4. PERSONS ENGAGED IN DOMESTIC OFFICES OR SERVICES. 38 Show data context 169 Show data context
  Domestic Coachman, Groom 23 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Domestic Gardener 9 Show data context -
  Domestic Indoor Servant 6 Show data context 156 Show data context
  Inn, Hotel Servant - 1 Show data context
  Charwoman - 5 Show data context
  Washing and Bathing Service - 6 Show data context
5. PERSONS ENGAGED IN COMMERCIAL OCCUPATIONS. 53 Show data context -
  Broker, Agent, Factor 4 Show data context -
  Auctioneer, Appraiser, Valuer, House Agent 2 Show data context -
  Accountant 2 Show data context -
  Commercial Traveller 10 Show data context -
  Commercial Clerk 31 Show data context -
  Banker 1 Show data context -
  Bank Service 2 Show data context -
  Life, House, Ship &c., Insurance Service 1 Show data context -
6. PERSONS ENGAGED IN CONVEYANCE OF MEN, GOODS, AND MESSAGES. 182 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Railway Engine Driver, Stoker 28 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Railway Guard 14 Show data context -
  Pointsman, Level Crossing Man 14 Show data context -
  Other Railway Officials and Servants 57 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Cabman, Flyman, Coachman (not domestic) 3 Show data context -
  Carman, Carrier, Carter, Haulier 23 Show data context -
  Inland Navigation Service 1 Show data context -
  Bargeman, Lighterman, Waterman 21 Show data context -
  Seaman (Merchant Service) 3 Show data context -
  Harbour, Dock, Wharf, Lighthouse Service 4 Show data context -
  Warehouseman (not Manchester) 1 Show data context -
  Messenger, Porter, Watchman (not Railway or Government) 12 Show data context -
  Telegraph, Telephone Service 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
7. PERSONS ENGAGED IN AGRICULTURE. 56 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Farmer, Grazier 6 Show data context -
  Farmer's, Grazier's - Son, Grandson, Brother, Nephew 1 Show data context -
  Agricultural Labourer, Farm Servant, Cottager 31 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Shepherd 1 Show data context -
  Gardener (not domestic) 17 Show data context -
8. PERSONS ENGAGED ABOUT ANIMALS. 4 Show data context -
  Groom, Horse-keeper, Horse-breaker 1 Show data context -
  Cattle, Sheep, Pig - Dealer, Salesman 3 Show data context -
9. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN BOOKS, PRINTS, AND MAPS. 6 Show data context -
  Publisher, Bookseller, Librarian 1 Show data context -
  Bookbinder 1 Show data context -
  Printer 3 Show data context -
  Lithographer, Lithographic Printer 1 Show data context -
10. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN MACHINES AND IMPLEMENTS. 33 Show data context -
  Engine, Machine Maker 7 Show data context -
  Fitter, Turner (Engine and Machine) 15 Show data context -
  Boiler Maker 3 Show data context -
  Spinning and Weaving Machine Maker 4 Show data context -
  Tool Maker, Dealer 3 Show data context -
  Watch Maker, Clock Maker 1 Show data context -
11. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN HOUSES, FURNITURE, AND DECORATIONS. 123 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Builder 7 Show data context -
  Carpenter, Joiner 52 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Bricklayer 18 Show data context -
  Mason 19 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Slater, Tiler 2 Show data context -
  Plasterer, Whitewasher 2 Show data context -
  Plumber 4 Show data context -
  Painter, Glazier 9 Show data context -
  Cabinet Maker 8 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Furniture Broker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  House and Shop Fittings - Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
12. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN CARRIAGES AND HARNESS. 10 Show data context -
  Coachmaker 2 Show data context -
  Railway Carriage, Railway Wagon, Maker 1 Show data context -
  Wheelwright 2 Show data context -
  Saddler, Harness, Whip Maker 5 Show data context -
13. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN SHIPS AND BOATS. 6 Show data context -
  Ship, Boat, Barge Builder 2 Show data context -
  Shipwright, Ship Carpenter (ashore) 3 Show data context -
  Sail Maker 1 Show data context -
14. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN CHEMICALS AND COMPOUNDS. 5 Show data context -
  Chemist, Druggist 2 Show data context -
  Manufacturing Chemist 2 Show data context -
  Drysalter 1 Show data context -
16. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN FOOD AND LODGING. 100 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Innkeeper, Hotel Keeper, Publican 3 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Maltster 21 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Brewer 9 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Beerseller, Ale, Porter, Cider Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Cellarman 1 Show data context -
  Wine, Spirit - Merchant, Agent 1 Show data context -
  Milkseller, Dairyman 4 Show data context -
  Butcher, Meat Salesman 15 Show data context -
  Provision Curer, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Fishmonger 1 Show data context -
  Corn, Flour, Seed Merchant, Dealer 10 Show data context -
  Corn Miller 13 Show data context -
  Confectioner, Pastrycook 1 Show data context -
  Greengrocer, Fruiterer 6 Show data context -
  Grocer. Tea, Coffee, Chocolate Maker, Dealer 12 Show data context -
17. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN TEXTILE FABRICS. 88 Show data context 72 Show data context
  Woollen Cloth Manufacture 27 Show data context 18 Show data context
  Wool, Woollen goods - Dyer, Printer 3 Show data context -
  Worsted, Stuff, Manufacture 19 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Blanket Manufacture - 1 Show data context
  Fuller 4 Show data context -
  Cloth, Worsted, Stuff, Flannel, Blanket Dealer 3 Show data context -
  Cotton, Cotton Goods Manufacture 3 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Rope, Twine, Cord - Maker, Dealer 2 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Sacking, Sack, Bag - Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Weaver (undefined) - 34 Show data context
  Dyer, Printer, Scourer, Bleacher, Calenderer (undefined) 7 Show data context -
  Factory Hand (textile, undefined) 15 Show data context 12 Show data context
  Carpet, Rug Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Draper, Linen Draper, Mercer 3 Show data context -
18. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN DRESS. 18 Show data context 47 Show data context
  Tailor 12 Show data context -
  Milliner, Dressmaker, Staymaker - 42 Show data context
  Shirt Maker, Seamstress - 4 Show data context
  Shoe, Boot - Maker, Dealer 6 Show data context -
  Wig Maker, Hair Dresser - 1 Show data context
19. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS ANIMAL SUBSTANCES. 5 Show data context -
  Soap Boiler, Maker 4 Show data context -
  Brush, Broom, Maker 1 Show data context -
20. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS VEGETABLE SUBSTANCES. 13 Show data context -
  Oil Miller, Oil Cake - Maker, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Oil and Colourman 1 Show data context -
  Willow, Cane, Rush Worker, Dealer, Basketmaker 2 Show data context -
  Hay, Straw (not plait), Chaff, Cutter, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Sawyer 5 Show data context -
  Wood Turner, Box Maker 1 Show data context -
21. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS MINERAL SUBSTANCES. 136 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Coal Miner 39 Show data context -
  Miner, in other or undefined Minerals 4 Show data context -
  Mine Service 3 Show data context -
  Coal Merchant 2 Show data context -
  Coalheaver 1 Show data context -
  Stone Quarrier 2 Show data context -
  Stone Cutter, Dresser, Dealer 4 Show data context -
  Well Sinker, Borer 2 Show data context -
  Brick, Tile - Maker, Burner, Dealer 6 Show data context -
  Road Contractor, Surveyor, Inspector 2 Show data context -
  Road Labourer 2 Show data context -
  Platelayer 7 Show data context -
  Railway Labourer, Navvy 3 Show data context -
  Glass Manufacture 10 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Earthenware, China, Glass Dealer 2 Show data context -
  [Iron Manufacture] 25 Show data context -
  Blacksmith 13 Show data context -
  Anchor, Chain Manufacture 2 Show data context -
  Ironmonger. Hardware Dealer, Merchant 2 Show data context -
  Other Iron and Steel Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Tin, Tin Plate, Tin Goods - Manufacturer, Worker, Dealer 3 Show data context -
  Brass, Bronze Manufacture. Brazier 1 Show data context -
22. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN GENERAL OR UNSPECIFIED COMMODITIES. 131 Show data context 7 Show data context
  General Shopkeeper, Dealer 3 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Costermonger, Huckster, Street Seller 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Manufacturer, Manager, Superintendant (undefined) 4 Show data context -
  Contractor (undefined) 1 Show data context -
  General Labourer 80 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Engine Driver, Stoker, Fireman (not railway, marine or agricultural) 13 Show data context -
  Artizan, Mechanic (undefined) 13 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Apprentice (undefined) 1 Show data context -
  Factory Labourer (undefined) 15 Show data context -
  Machinist, Machine Worker (undefined) - 1 Show data context
24. PERSONS WITHOUT SPECIFIED OCCUPATIONS. 22 Show data context 118 Show data context
  Persons returned by Property, Rank &c. and not special occupation 22 Show data context 118 Show data context
[UNKNOWN OCCUPATION] 35 Show data context 764 Show data context
  [Occupation recorded but of unknown meaning] 2 Show data context -
  [Blank field, or illegible] 33 Show data context 764 Show data context

Notes:

The following notes to the table appeared in the original report.

1 This table is a very special case: The original Table 10 as published by Division in the 1881 census reports was limited to data for Registration Divisions, their component Registration Counties, and just those Urban Sanitary Districts with populations of over 50,000. Data presented here for counties and higher-level units are taken from the published reports, as usual, but we also include in A Vision of Britain through Time data for Registration Districts, sub-Districts and Civil Parishes which never appeared in the original reports. These were specially created for us by the History Data Service at the University of Essex and derive from the complete transcription of the individual-level Enumerators Book data coordinated by the Genealogical Society of Utah.
2 In creating these data, each occupation listed in the enumerators books has been assigned as far as possible to the relevant category used in the published reports, but some additional categories with labels in square brackets unavoidably appear. Unlike the published statistics for higher-level units, these specially-calculated data for districts and parishes include persons under 15 or over 65. For these and other reasons, no attempt has been made to ensure that county totals for the districts or parishes match the published county totals. The remaining notes are those that appeared below the original published table.
3 NOTE.--Persons returned as engaged in more than one occupation have been referred to the one that appeared to be of most importance; or if there was no difference in this respect, to the one first given by the person in his or her return. In some cases special rules have been followed: e.g. "Clergyman and Schoolmaster" in combination has always been referred to "Schoolmaster"; a Member of Parliament or Peer engaged in any branch of commerce or industry has always been referred to this latter, not to "Peer, M.P.".
4 The numbers returned under any heading include Labourers, Apprentices, and Assistants, as well as Masters, but not Clerks, Messengers, Errand boys, Porters, or Watchmen, for which occupations there are special headings. Civil, Military, and Naval Clerks, Law, Bank, Insurance, and Railway Clerks, and Government and Railway Porters, are, however, exceptions to this rule. Many young persons, being Apprentices or Assistants, have therefore been referred to occupations usually followed by adults. Women also, chiefly widows or orphans carrying on the business of their deceased husbands or fathers, will sometimes be found under occupations commonly followed by men only.
5 Persons returned as retired from any business have not been referred to that business. Inmates of workhouses have been referred to their trades, unless their age or infirmities showed that they were past work. But persons who might be supposed to be only temporarily separated from their usual employment, such as Prisoners, and Patients in General Hospitals, have been classed under their usual occupations.
6 In some cases, for convenience of space, the male designation, e.g. "Schoolmaster", alone is given, instead of "Schoolmaster, Schoolmistress".

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