Bere Regis Census every Decade from 1841 - 1901


A National Census has been conducted every decade in the UK since 1801. The records for Bere Regis from 1841 - 1901 are available on this Website. As an example of the sort of information you could get on your family, click here to see records held on the Bullen Family who lived in Honeycombe Cottage in Shitterton during this period...

Click the relevent photograph below to go and discover exactly who was living in the village at the time of each Census...


1841 Census


1851 Census


1861 Census


1871 Census


1881 Census


1891 Census


1901 Census



A big thank you to The National Archives & for making these Scans available


If you are interested in how Dorset has changed over the course of the Census period, click the Image below to see the Office for National Statisitics report on Dorset (1801 - 2001)


What about the other years you may ask?

There has been a census every ten years since 1801, excluding 1941. However, only those that date from 1841 are of real value to the family historian. The administration of the early census returns 1801-1831 was the responsibility of the Overseers of the Poor and the clergy.

Most of these early returns were unfortunately destroyed, although in some isolated instances they have been preserved. The census returns for 1841 were the first to be kept and, as far as the general public is concerned, the information is released by the Public Record Office after a hundred years. For example, the public were given access to the 1891 census returns on 1 January 1992.

The census was taken on the following dates:

Availability of Census
10 Mar 1801   No longer exists, with a few exceptions
27 May 1811   No longer exists, with a few exceptions
28 May 1821   No longer exists, with a few exceptions
30 May 1831   No longer exists, with a few exceptions
7 June 1841   Read it here
30 March 1851  
Read it here
7 April 1861  
Read it here
2 April 1871  
Read it here  
3 April 1881  
Read it here
5 April 1891  
Read it here   
31 March 1901  
Read it here   
2 April 1911   100 year closure - will be opened 1st January 2012
19 June 1921   100 year closure
26 April 1931   Destroyed during WW2
29 Sept. 1939   WW2 National Registration - 100 year closure
8 April 1951   100 year closure
23 April 1961   100 year closure
25 April 1971   100 year closure
5 April 1981   100 year closure
21 April 1991   100 year closure
29 April 2001   100 year closure


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