Source 3

1861 Census return for Blackrod, Lancashire (RG 9/2769)


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Parish (or Township) of Blackrod Town of Blackrod Ecclesiastical District of  Bolton
Number on census Road/Street or Name of House HOUSES Name and Surname of each person Relation to Head of family Married or not Age of Profession or Occupation Where Born If

1. Deaf-and-Dumb

2. Blind

3. Imbecile or Idiot

4. Lunatic

In-habited Unin-habited
Males Females



Church Street









Elizabeth Farrimond Daur 9 Scholar  

Lancashire Blackrod














Thomas Ditto Son 3 Do  

Do                     Do













Peter Ratcliffe Head Mar 25 Coal Miner  

Do                     Do


Elizabeth Ditto Wife Mar 23 Power Loom Cleaner Do                     Do
Alice Ditto Daur 1 Do                     Do
39 1 John Harrison Head Un 52 Farmers Labourer Lancashire Blackrod
40 1 John Acton Head Mar 48 Calico Printer Do                     Do
Jane    Ditto Wife Mar 50 Do                     Do
Mary  Ditto Daur Un 22 Cotton Winder Do                     Do
Elizabeth  Ditto Daur 1 Do                     Do
41 1 Ralph Smith Head Mar 32 Coal Miner Lancashire    Blackrod
Elizabeth Do Wife Mar 32 Do                 St Hellens
Alice Ditto Daur 7 Scholar Do                 Blackrod
Margaret Ditto Daur 6 Do Do                     Do
Edward Ditto Son 4 Do Do                     Do
Elizabeth Ditto Daur 2 Do                     Do
42 1 William Horton Head Mar 46 Coal Wainer Lancashire    Blackrod
Cathrine Ditto Wife Mar 42 Do                 Darwen
James  Ditto Son Un 20 Blacksmith Striker Do                  Blackrod
John     Ditto Son 18 Waggoner at a Colliery Do                     Do
Nancy    Ditto Daur 16 Cotton Power Loom Weaver Do                     Do
Alice   Ditto Daur 14 Do Do                     Do
Cathrine Ditto Daur 12 Scholar Do                     Do
Faith    Ditto Daur 8 Do Do                     Do
Hope Ditto Daur 8 Do Do                     Do
Total Of Houses… 5 Total of Males and Females 9 16
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3. Have a look at this page from the 1861 census for Blackrod in Lancashire

  • From looking at this census return what were the main industries in this area?
  • Why are they linked? (Clue: think about the location of industry)
  • Find out about the different jobs listed if you are not sure what they mean.
  • What age group is covered by the term ‘scholar’ on this return?
  • What do you think the term ‘scholar’ means?
  • Have a look at the ‘where