The 1871 census was taken on the night of Sunday 2nd April 1871. It  is very similar in layout to the 1861 census.

The columns in the 1871 census are as follows:

  1. Number of schedule
  2. Road, street, etc and number or name of house
  3. Houses – inhabited or uninhabited (U) or building (B)
  4. Name and surname of each person
  5. Relation to head of family
  6. Condition (i.e. married, widowed, single, etc)
  7. Age of males/females
  8. Rank, profession or occupation
  9. Where born
  10. Whether 1.Deaf and dumb, 2. Blind,  3.Imbecile or idiot, 4. Lunatic.

Indexes, transcriptions and images can be seen at the websites listed at census, and a partial index to the 1871 census for our area can be seen at the Society Research Room.

The relationship between the PRO Piece Numbers and the District names are listed below.

Piece Numbers in 1871 Census (RG 10) covering Our Area.

RG 10 2453 - 2466

Axbridge

RG 10 2467 - 2473

Clutton

RG 10 2474 - 2498

Bath

RG 10 2499 - 2504

Keynsham

RG 10 2505 - 2518

Bedminster

RG 10 2519 - 2538

Bristol

RG 10 2539 - 2575

Clifton

RG 10 2576 - 2583

Chipping Sodbury

RG 10 2584 - 2590

Thornbury

RG 10 2505 - 2510

Bedminster

RG 10 2519 - 2538

Bristol

RG 10 2539 - 2555
RG 10 2567 - 2571

Clifton