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Census return (1901)

People called "enumerators" collected all the census information. It was only in 1891 that women were allowed to do this job as well as men.

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Census return, 1901.  TNA: RG 13/483 f187
Census return, 1901. TNA: RG 13/483 f187
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Street Name Role Status Age Job Type Place of birth
18 Flavell Road William R. Towers head Married 41 Brick­layer Worker Chelsea, Middx
Louisa Towers wife Married 40 Launder­ess (wool) Working at home Pimlico, London
Louisa daughter 16 Launder­ess (wool) Working at home Batter­sea
Thomas son 14 Green­grocer's assistant Worker Wands­worth
Bertha daughter 12
Minnie daughter 12
Daisy daughter 9
Edwin son 7
Walter son 3

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William’s wife Louisa works as a laundress. Can you imagine what it would have been like working at home washing other people's dirty clothes?


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