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 Leicester PLPar/PLU/RegD West Leicester SubD
OCCUPATIONS. Males.
[1]
Females.
[2]
1. PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE GENERAL OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF THE COUNTRY. 120 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Civil Service (officers and clerks) 16 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Civil Service (messengers, &c.) 19 Show data context -
  Prison Service, &c. 12 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Police 52 Show data context -
  Municipal, Parish, Union, District, Officer 13 Show data context -
  Other Local or County Official 8 Show data context -
2. PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE DEFENCE OF THE COUNTRY. 36 Show data context -
  Army Officer (effective/retired) 1 Show data context -
  Soldier and Non-commissioned officer 15 Show data context -
  Militia, Yeomanry, Volunteers 7 Show data context -
  Army Pensioner 9 Show data context -
  Navy Officer (effective/retired) 1 Show data context -
  Navy Pensioner 3 Show data context -
3. PERSONS ENGAGED IN PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATIONS (WITH THEIR IMMEDIATE SUBORDINATES). 343 Show data context 373 Show data context
  Clergymen (Established Church) 13 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Roman Catholic Priest 4 Show data context -
  Minister, Priest of other religious bodies 12 Show data context -
  Missionary, Scripture Reader, Itinerant preacher 5 Show data context 8 Show data context
  Church, chapel, cemetery - officer, servant 9 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Barrister, Solicitor 24 Show data context -
  Law Student 1 Show data context -
  Law Clerk, and others connected with the law 41 Show data context -
  Physician, Surgeon, General Practitioner 23 Show data context -
  Dentist 7 Show data context -
  Medical Student, Assistant 8 Show data context -
  Midwife - 4 Show data context
  Subordinate Medical Service 6 Show data context 81 Show data context
  Schoolmaster 64 Show data context 184 Show data context
  Teacher, Professor, Lecturer 5 Show data context 49 Show data context
  School Service, and others connected with teaching 7 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Author, Editor, Journalist 2 Show data context -
  Reporter, Short-hand Writer 4 Show data context -
  Literary, Scientific, Institution, Service, &c. 2 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Civil Engineer 5 Show data context -
  Mining Engineer 1 Show data context -
  Land, House, Ship, Surveyor 5 Show data context -
  Painter (artist) 7 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Engraver (artist) 1 Show data context -
  Sculptor 4 Show data context -
  Architect 24 Show data context -
  Musician, Music Master 24 Show data context 28 Show data context
  Art Student 7 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Photographer 8 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Actor 10 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Art, Music, Theatre Service 6 Show data context -
  Performer, Showman, Exhibition, Service - 1 Show data context
  Billiard, Cricket & other Games, Service 4 Show data context -
4. PERSONS ENGAGED IN DOMESTIC OFFICES OR SERVICES. 139 Show data context 2,212 Show data context
  Domestic Coachman, Groom 27 Show data context -
  Domestic Gardener 11 Show data context -
  Domestic Indoor Servant 59 Show data context 1,812 Show data context
  Lodge, Gate, Park Keeper (not Government) 1 Show data context -
  Inn, Hotel Servant 25 Show data context 73 Show data context
  Office Keeper (not Government) 5 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Cook (not domestic) 2 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Charwoman - 113 Show data context
  Washing and Bathing Service 5 Show data context 159 Show data context
  Hospital and Institution Service 1 Show data context 47 Show data context
  Others engaged in Service 3 Show data context -
5. PERSONS ENGAGED IN COMMERCIAL OCCUPATIONS. 479 Show data context 17 Show data context
  Merchant 1 Show data context -
  Broker, Agent, Factor 39 Show data context -
  Auctioneer, Appraiser, Valuer, House Agent 16 Show data context -
  Accountant 17 Show data context -
  Salesman, Buyer (not otherwise specified) 3 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Commercial Traveller 86 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Commercial Clerk 263 Show data context 13 Show data context
  Bank Service 39 Show data context -
  Bill Discounter, Bill Broker, Finance Agent 2 Show data context -
  Life, House, Ship &c., Insurance Service 13 Show data context 1 Show data context
6. PERSONS ENGAGED IN CONVEYANCE OF MEN, GOODS, AND MESSAGES. 438 Show data context 87 Show data context
  Railway Engine Driver, Stoker 4 Show data context -
  Railway Guard 4 Show data context -
  Pointsman, Level Crossing Man 3 Show data context -
  Other Railway Officials and Servants 38 Show data context -
  Omnibus, Coach, Cab, Owner - Livery Stable Keeper 7 Show data context -
  Cabman, Flyman, Coachman (not domestic) 50 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Carman, Carrier, Carter, Haulier 98 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Tramway Companies' Service 18 Show data context -
  Inland Navigation Service 1 Show data context -
  Bargeman, Lighterman, Waterman 2 Show data context -
  Seaman (Merchant Service) 4 Show data context -
  Harbour, Dock, Wharf, Lighthouse Service 3 Show data context -
  Warehouseman (not Manchester) 109 Show data context 76 Show data context
  Messenger, Porter, Watchman (not Railway or Government) 94 Show data context 9 Show data context
  Telegraph, Telephone Service 3 Show data context -
7. PERSONS ENGAGED IN AGRICULTURE. 210 Show data context 6 Show data context
  Farmer, Grazier 14 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Farmer's, Grazier's - Son, Grandson, Brother, Nephew 6 Show data context -
  Farm Bailiff 3 Show data context -
  Agricultural Labourer, Farm Servant, Cottager 104 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Shepherd 2 Show data context -
  Others engaged in, or connected with agriculture 1 Show data context -
  Woodman 2 Show data context -
  Nurseryman, Seedsman, Florist 12 Show data context -
  Gardener (not domestic) 66 Show data context 1 Show data context
8. PERSONS ENGAGED ABOUT ANIMALS. 69 Show data context -
  Horse Proprietor, Breeder, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Groom, Horse-keeper, Horse-breaker 51 Show data context -
  Veterinary Surgeon, Farrier 3 Show data context -
  Cattle, Sheep, Pig - Dealer, Salesman 9 Show data context -
  Drover 2 Show data context -
  Gamekeeper 1 Show data context -
  Dog, Bird, Animal - Keeper, Dealer 2 Show data context -
9. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN BOOKS, PRINTS, AND MAPS. 149 Show data context 31 Show data context
  Publisher, Bookseller, Librarian 22 Show data context 8 Show data context
  Music-Publisher, Seller, Printer 3 Show data context 7 Show data context
  Bookbinder 22 Show data context 9 Show data context
  Printer 85 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Newspaper Agent, News Room Keeper 6 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Lithographer, Lithographic Printer 11 Show data context -
10. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN MACHINES AND IMPLEMENTS. 281 Show data context 13 Show data context
  Engine, Machine Maker 52 Show data context -
  Millwright 1 Show data context -
  Fitter, Turner (Engine and Machine) 85 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Boiler Maker 16 Show data context -
  Spinning and Weaving Machine Maker 60 Show data context 6 Show data context
  Agricultural Machine and Implement Maker 1 Show data context -
  Tool Maker, Dealer - 1 Show data context
  Cutler, Scissors Maker 4 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Needle Maker 16 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Watch Maker, Clock Maker 25 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Electrical Apparatus Maker 8 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Weighing and Measuring Apparatus Maker 2 Show data context -
  Musical Instrument Maker, Dealer 6 Show data context -
  Die, Seal, Coin, Medal Maker 4 Show data context -
  Apparatus for other games, Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
11. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN HOUSES, FURNITURE, AND DECORATIONS. 1,073 Show data context 20 Show data context
  Builder 38 Show data context -
  Carpenter, Joiner 284 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Bricklayer 280 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Mason 51 Show data context -
  Slater, Tiler 10 Show data context -
  Plasterer, Whitewasher 20 Show data context -
  Plumber 69 Show data context -
  Painter, Glazier 169 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Cabinet Maker 80 Show data context 5 Show data context
  French Polisher 5 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Furniture Broker, Dealer 9 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Locksmith, Bellhanger 6 Show data context -
  Gas Fitter 28 Show data context -
  Funeral Furniture Maker, Undertaker 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Wood Carver 1 Show data context -
  Carver, Gilder 10 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Figure, Image - Maker, Dealer 9 Show data context -
  Animal, Bird &c. Preserver, Naturalist 3 Show data context -
  Artificial Flower Maker - 2 Show data context
12. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN CARRIAGES AND HARNESS. 87 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Coachmaker 33 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Railway Carriage, Railway Wagon, Maker 1 Show data context -
  Wheelwright 26 Show data context -
  Bicycle, Tricycle - Maker, Dealer 3 Show data context -
  Others 1 Show data context -
  Saddler, Harness, Whip Maker 23 Show data context -
13. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN SHIPS AND BOATS. 1 Show data context -
  Sail Maker 1 Show data context -
14. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN CHEMICALS AND COMPOUNDS. 58 Show data context -
  Dye, Paint Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Ink, Blacking, Colour Substance Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Gunpowder, Guncotton, Explosive Substance Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Fusee, Fireworks, Explosive Article Manufacture 2 Show data context -
  Chemist, Druggist 47 Show data context -
  Manufacturing Chemist 6 Show data context -
15. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN TOBACCO AND PIPES. 44 Show data context 70 Show data context
  Tobacco Manufacture, Tobacconist 42 Show data context 70 Show data context
  Tobacco Pipe, Snuff Box &c. Maker 2 Show data context -
16. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN FOOD AND LODGING. 836 Show data context 141 Show data context
  Innkeeper, Hotel Keeper, Publican 111 Show data context 15 Show data context
  Lodging, Boarding House Keeper 1 Show data context 15 Show data context
  Coffee, Eating House, Keeper 7 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Maltster 12 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Brewer 27 Show data context -
  Beerseller, Ale, Porter, Cider Dealer 25 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Cellarman 4 Show data context -
  Wine, Spirit - Merchant, Agent 10 Show data context -
  Milkseller, Dairyman 21 Show data context 6 Show data context
  Cheesemonger, Butterman - 1 Show data context
  Butcher, Meat Salesman 147 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Provision Curer, Dealer 34 Show data context 8 Show data context
  Poulterer, Game Dealer 3 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Fishmonger 32 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Corn, Flour, Seed Merchant, Dealer 18 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Corn Miller 31 Show data context -
  Baker 105 Show data context 7 Show data context
  Confectioner, Pastrycook 29 Show data context 19 Show data context
  Greengrocer, Fruiterer 33 Show data context 16 Show data context
  Grocer. Tea, Coffee, Chocolate Maker, Dealer 181 Show data context 40 Show data context
  Ginger Beer, Mineral Water Manufacturer, Dealer 5 Show data context -
17. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN TEXTILE FABRICS. 728 Show data context 1,016 Show data context
  Woolstapler 10 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Woollen Cloth Manufacture 165 Show data context 185 Show data context
  Wool, Woollen goods - Dyer, Printer 14 Show data context -
  Worsted, Stuff, Manufacture 119 Show data context 390 Show data context
  Fuller 1 Show data context -
  Cloth, Worsted, Stuff, Flannel, Blanket Dealer 11 Show data context -
  Silk, Silk Goods, Manufacture 7 Show data context 63 Show data context
  Silk Dyer, Printer 5 Show data context -
  Ribbon Manufacture - 2 Show data context
  Cotton, Cotton Goods Manufacture 32 Show data context 79 Show data context
  Cotton, Calico - Printer, Dyer, Bleacher 9 Show data context -
  Cotton, Calico - Warehouseman, Dealer - 1 Show data context
  Flax, Linen - Manufacturer, Dealer 4 Show data context -
  Lace Manufacturer, Dealer 2 Show data context 7 Show data context
  Tape Manufacturer, Dealer 2 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Rope, Twine, Cord - Maker, Dealer 6 Show data context 6 Show data context
  Others working and Dealing in Hemp - 1 Show data context
  Weaver (undefined) 20 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Dyer, Printer, Scourer, Bleacher, Calenderer (undefined) 128 Show data context 9 Show data context
  Factory Hand (textile, undefined) 20 Show data context 124 Show data context
  Carpet, Rug Manufacture 5 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Manchester Warehouseman 1 Show data context -
  Draper, Linen Draper, Mercer 141 Show data context 52 Show data context
  Fancy Goods (Textile) Manufacturer, Worker, Dealer 4 Show data context 78 Show data context
  Trimming Maker, Dealer 18 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Embroiderer - 4 Show data context
  Others 4 Show data context 3 Show data context
18. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN DRESS. 4,204 Show data context 3,551 Show data context
  Hatter, Hat Manufacture 66 Show data context 35 Show data context
  Straw - Hat, Bonnet, Plait Manufacture - 3 Show data context
  Tailor 133 Show data context 73 Show data context
  Milliner, Dressmaker, Staymaker 13 Show data context 633 Show data context
  Shawl Manufacture - 1 Show data context
  Shirt Maker, Seamstress 5 Show data context 133 Show data context
  Hosiery Manufacture 810 Show data context 1,350 Show data context
  Hosier, Haberdasher 145 Show data context 117 Show data context
  Glover, Glove Maker 11 Show data context 22 Show data context
  Shoe, Boot - Maker, Dealer 2,985 Show data context 1,171 Show data context
  Wig Maker, Hair Dresser 31 Show data context 8 Show data context
  Umbrella, Parasol, Stick - Maker, Dealer 4 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Old Clothes Dealer, and others 1 Show data context 4 Show data context
19. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS ANIMAL SUBSTANCES. 72 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Tallow Chandler, Candle, Grease Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Soap Boiler, Maker 2 Show data context -
  Others 1 Show data context -
  Furrier, Skinner 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Tanner, Fellmonger 1 Show data context -
  Currier 49 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Leather Goods, Portmanteau, Bag, Strap &c., Maker, Dealer 6 Show data context -
  Brush, Broom, Maker 11 Show data context -
  Quill, Feather - Dresser, Dealer - 1 Show data context
20. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS VEGETABLE SUBSTANCES. 495 Show data context 181 Show data context
  India Rubber, Gutta Percha - Worker, Dealer 355 Show data context 79 Show data context
  Waterproof Goods - Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Willow, Cane, Rush Worker, Dealer, Basketmaker 34 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Hay, Straw (not plait), Chaff, Cutter, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Thatcher 1 Show data context -
  Timber, Wood - Merchant, Dealer 11 Show data context -
  Sawyer 22 Show data context -
  Wood Turner, Box Maker 13 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Cooper, Hoop Maker, Bender 7 Show data context -
  Cork, Bark - Cutter, Worker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Paper Manufacture 5 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Stationer, Law Stationer 12 Show data context 9 Show data context
  Paper Box, Paper Bag Maker 30 Show data context 83 Show data context
  Ticket, Label Writer - 1 Show data context
  Others 2 Show data context -
21. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS MINERAL SUBSTANCES. 540 Show data context 9 Show data context
  Coal Miner 16 Show data context -
  Ironstone Miner - 1 Show data context
  Mine Service 3 Show data context -
  Coal Merchant 33 Show data context -
  Coalheaver 19 Show data context -
  Gas Works Service 32 Show data context -
  Stone Quarrier 6 Show data context -
  Stone Cutter, Dresser, Dealer 3 Show data context -
  Slate Worker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Limeburner 3 Show data context -
  Clay, Sand, Gravel, Chalk, Labourer, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Brick, Tile - Maker, Burner, Dealer 36 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Paviour 5 Show data context -
  Road Labourer 9 Show data context -
  Platelayer 4 Show data context -
  Railway Labourer, Navvy 15 Show data context -
  Earthenware, China, Porcelain, Manufacture 2 Show data context -
  Glass Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Earthenware, China, Glass Dealer 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Waterworks Service 6 Show data context -
  Goldsmith, Silversmith, Jeweller 10 Show data context 5 Show data context
  [Iron Manufacture] 135 Show data context -
  Blacksmith 83 Show data context -
  Whitesmith 5 Show data context -
  Nail Manufacture 23 Show data context -
  Ironmonger. Hardware Dealer, Merchant 34 Show data context -
  Other Iron and Steel Manufacture 20 Show data context 1 Show data context
  [Coppersmith] 2 Show data context -
  Tin, Tin Plate, Tin Goods - Manufacturer, Worker, Dealer 13 Show data context -
  Metal Refiner, Worker, Turner, Dealer 4 Show data context -
  Brass, Bronze Manufacture. Brazier 11 Show data context -
  Wire Maker, Worker, Weaver, Drawer 2 Show data context -
  Bolt, Nut, Rivet, Screw, Staple Maker 1 Show data context -
  Lamp, Lantern, Candlestick Maker 1 Show data context -
22. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN GENERAL OR UNSPECIFIED COMMODITIES. 792 Show data context 521 Show data context
  General Shopkeeper, Dealer 44 Show data context 60 Show data context
  Pawnbroker 22 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Costermonger, Huckster, Street Seller 26 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Manufacturer, Manager, Superintendant (undefined) 34 Show data context 8 Show data context
  Contractor (undefined) 1 Show data context -
  General Labourer 330 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Engine Driver, Stoker, Fireman (not railway, marine or agricultural) 83 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Artizan, Mechanic (undefined) 151 Show data context 58 Show data context
  Apprentice (undefined) 11 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Factory Labourer (undefined) 70 Show data context 116 Show data context
  Machinist, Machine Worker (undefined) 20 Show data context 269 Show data context
23. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN REFUSE MATTERS. 20 Show data context -
  Town Drainage Service 1 Show data context -
  Chimney Sweep, Soot Merchant 16 Show data context -
  Scavenger, Crossing Sweeper 2 Show data context -
  Rag Gatherer, Dealer 1 Show data context -
24. PERSONS WITHOUT SPECIFIED OCCUPATIONS. 152 Show data context 1,189 Show data context
  Persons returned by Property, Rank &c. and not special occupation 152 Show data context 1,189 Show data context
[UNKNOWN OCCUPATION] 100 Show data context 4,413 Show data context
  [Occupation recorded but of unknown meaning] 14 Show data context 11 Show data context
  [Blank field, or illegible] 86 Show data context 4,402 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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