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