District-level data on Welsh language for 1981.

Table ID:
W_LANG_1981     (6567629)
District-level data on Welsh language for 1981.
Approx. number of rows:
Table type:
Raw Data
Documentation Author:
Humphrey Southall
The data cover the period 1881 to 1911.


  1. These data were derived from Table 39 in the 100% Small Area Statistics from the 1981 Census. They were generated using the Linking Censuses through Time system to redistrict 1981 ward-level data to 2001 local authorities. The data were extracted from the LCT system on 26th February 2008 using this command:

    census la2001 3051,3052,3053,3054,3055,3056 -n


  1. The relevant census question was asked only in Wales, so this table contains data just for Wales as a whole and for the 22 local authorities within Wales. The figures for Wales as a whole were omputed by the GBH project from the figures for individual local authorities.


  1. Data checked in Excel to ensure that language categories summed to the total population over 3.
  2. No matching to the AUO gazetteer has been attempted. These files have been altered to run on Postgres, but otherwise are exactly the same as they were on the oracle server.


IndexTypeColumn(s) indexed
w_lang_1981_pkey Primary key rec_num
w_lang_1981_idx Unique english_name, rec_num


The table has the following associated constraints:

w_lang_1981_pkey Primary Key See details above for primary key index

Columns within table:

lau_id Text string (max.len.=8). ONS ID number for local authority.
english_name Text string (max.len.=28). English name of local authority.
welsh_name Text string (max.len.=28). Welsh name of local authority.
total_over_3 Integer number. Total population aged 3 and over.
total_speaks_welsh Integer number. Speaking Welsh: Total Persons.
speaks_welsh_not_english Integer number. Speaking Welsh: Not speaking English.
speaks_both_reads_writes_welsh Integer number. Speaking Welsh and English: Reads and Writes Welsh.
speaks_both_no_read_write Integer number. Speaking Welsh and English: Others [i.e. not reading and writing Welsh].
cannot_speak_welsh Integer number. Not speaking Welsh.
rec_num Integer number. Unique number identifying row in table.