Pre 1841 census returns
Indexes and images of some of the pre-1841 census returns are now available to view on our website for free.
Generally, the 1841 census was the first national census to include names of all individuals. Counts of the population were taken since 1801. In a very few cases, the unofficial records compiled locally to create the headcounts have survived. These can be really useful where they contain information about individuals and Shropshire is lucky to have a few examples.
You can read more about this history and context of the pre 1841 census returns in the latest Shropshire Family History Society Journal (June 2020).
The census returns
The following census returns now viewable on our website:
- Leighton, 1821 – P159/V/1/2
- Longford, 1801 and 1811 – P171/A/1/4
- Shrewsbury St Chad’s, 1821 – P253/V/1/1
- West Felton, 1801 – P298/V/1/2/1-3
- Wrockwardine, 1831 – P316/L/17/1
More will be coming soon, including a long and detailed census for Wellington, 1821 – so do watch this space.
- Shrewsbury, St Julian 1831 – is already searchable on FindMyPast
How to find them
To view the digitised images, you can:
- follow the links above
- then use the ‘browse this collection’ tab.
- click on the + to open up the pages.
- click on the title of one of these to bring up the transcript and the digital image.
Alternatively you can simply search our online catalogue for a name. If you want to search within a particular census, for example the Wrockwardine census of 1831, then you can combine the reference and the name in the search box eg: P316/L/17/1* jones
The images are searchable thanks to the efforts of a small team of brilliant volunteers working remotely with images and spreadsheets. If you’d like to be involved with transcribing and indexing records from home, let us know by emailing [email protected]