Farmland Use, as reported by the Agricultural Census

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Year Permanent Grass Arable
1866 1,257,721 Show data context 1,026,953 Show data context
1869 1,527,534 Show data context 1,003,105 Show data context
1871 1,494,465 Show data context 1,110,352 Show data context
1877 1,732,283 Show data context 998,876 Show data context
1881 1,815,413 Show data context 969,550 Show data context
1885 1,892,663 Show data context 925,643 Show data context
1891 2,012,432 Show data context 875,359 Show data context
1900 1,929,045 Show data context 895,295 Show data context
1901 1,941,365 Show data context 881,697 Show data context
1910 2,048,817 Show data context 728,389 Show data context
1920 1,820,162 Show data context 839,423 Show data context
1921 1,827,614 Show data context 774,724 Show data context
1930 2,073,700 Show data context 656,914 Show data context
1931 2,126,611 Show data context 628,194 Show data context
1940 1,890,010 Show data context 719,545 Show data context
1941 1,669,102 Show data context 902,815 Show data context
1950 1,482,499 Show data context 1,076,704 Show data context
1951 1,545,473 Show data context 1,017,583 Show data context
1960 1,741,820 Show data context 866,854 Show data context
1961 1,746,111 Show data context 860,549 Show data context
1970 1,826,381 Show data context 737,662 Show data context
1971 1,830,655 Show data context 732,299 Show data context
Date: Source:
1866 - 1971 Ministry of Agriculture, Agricultural Statistics (HM Stationery Office) ,

 

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1869 - 1885 Robert Schwartz (Department of History, Mount Holyoke College). Role: transcriber. Restrictions on use: the contributor must be acknowledged but the data may be freely used for non-commercial purposes.
1871 - 1901 David Allan Gatley (School of Social Sciences, University of Staffordshire). Role: transcriber. Restrictions on use: the contributor must be acknowledged but the data may be freely used for non-commercial purposes.
1960 - 1971 Department of the Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (Farming Statistics Team). Role: creator. Restrictions on use: the material may be re-used free of charge in any format or medium. You must re-use it accurately and not in a misleading context. You must acknowledge the material as Crown copyright and give the title of the document/publication.

 

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The Agricultural Census was not primarily a land use survey, but it did record the area of 'Arable Land' in each farm, and the area of 'Permanent Grass'. The latter was sometimes sub-divided into grass 'for Hay' and 'not for Hay'. The Scottish Farm Census in 1961 classified grassland not into 'Permanent' and 'Rotation' but into grassland aged over and under 7 years old; we treat the latter as being equivalent to 'rotation', and therefore as arable. We do not include the area of 'Rough Grazings' here as it was not r...


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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Wales Dep through time | Agriculture and Land Use Statistics | Farmland Use, as reported by the Agricultural Census, A Vision of Britain through Time.

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Date accessed: 16th June 2019