1881 Census of England and Wales, Tables: Ages, Condition as to Marriage, Occupations and Birthplaces of people, Table 10 : " Occupations of Males and Females in the Division and its Registration Counties".

List Suffolk RegC Plomesgate PLU/RegD
OCCUPATIONS. Males.
[1]
Females.
[2]
1. PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE GENERAL OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF THE COUNTRY. 51 Show data context 10 Show data context
  Peer, M.P., Privy Councillor (not otherwise described) 2 Show data context -
  Civil Service (officers and clerks) 11 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Civil Service (messengers, &c.) 15 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Police 13 Show data context -
  Municipal, Parish, Union, District, Officer 5 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Other Local or County Official 5 Show data context -
2. PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE DEFENCE OF THE COUNTRY. 42 Show data context -
  Army Officer (effective/retired) 1 Show data context -
  Soldier and Non-commissioned officer 5 Show data context -
  Militia, Yeomanry, Volunteers 4 Show data context -
  Army Pensioner 7 Show data context -
  Navy Officer (effective/retired) 1 Show data context -
  Seaman, R.N. 18 Show data context -
  Navy Pensioner 6 Show data context -
3. PERSONS ENGAGED IN PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATIONS (WITH THEIR IMMEDIATE SUBORDINATES). 124 Show data context 171 Show data context
  Clergymen (Established Church) 33 Show data context -
  Minister, Priest of other religious bodies 8 Show data context -
  Missionary, Scripture Reader, Itinerant preacher 1 Show data context -
  Church, chapel, cemetery - officer, servant 1 Show data context -
  Barrister, Solicitor 7 Show data context -
  Law Clerk, and others connected with the law 8 Show data context -
  Physician, Surgeon, General Practitioner 14 Show data context -
  Medical Student, Assistant 3 Show data context -
  Subordinate Medical Service - 47 Show data context
  Schoolmaster 30 Show data context 79 Show data context
  Teacher, Professor, Lecturer 3 Show data context 34 Show data context
  School Service, and others connected with teaching - 2 Show data context
  Civil Engineer 2 Show data context -
  Painter (artist) 4 Show data context -
  Musician, Music Master 3 Show data context 9 Show data context
  Art Student 1 Show data context -
  Photographer 4 Show data context -
  Actor 1 Show data context -
  Billiard, Cricket & other Games, Service 1 Show data context -
4. PERSONS ENGAGED IN DOMESTIC OFFICES OR SERVICES. 167 Show data context 1,163 Show data context
  Domestic Coachman, Groom 63 Show data context -
  Domestic Gardener 29 Show data context -
  Domestic Indoor Servant 56 Show data context 1,007 Show data context
  Inn, Hotel Servant 14 Show data context 9 Show data context
  College, Club Service 1 Show data context -
  Cook (not domestic) - 2 Show data context
  Charwoman - 48 Show data context
  Washing and Bathing Service 3 Show data context 97 Show data context
  Hospital and Institution Service 1 Show data context -
5. PERSONS ENGAGED IN COMMERCIAL OCCUPATIONS. 42 Show data context 6 Show data context
  Merchant 1 Show data context -
  Broker, Agent, Factor 4 Show data context -
  Auctioneer, Appraiser, Valuer, House Agent 2 Show data context -
  Accountant 2 Show data context -
  Commercial Traveller 7 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Commercial Clerk 18 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Bank Service 6 Show data context -
  Life, House, Ship &c., Insurance Service 2 Show data context -
6. PERSONS ENGAGED IN CONVEYANCE OF MEN, GOODS, AND MESSAGES. 282 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Railway Engine Driver, Stoker 3 Show data context -
  Railway Guard 2 Show data context -
  Pointsman, Level Crossing Man 2 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Other Railway Officials and Servants 51 Show data context -
  Omnibus, Coach, Cab, Owner - Livery Stable Keeper 1 Show data context -
  Cabman, Flyman, Coachman (not domestic) 4 Show data context -
  Carman, Carrier, Carter, Haulier 45 Show data context -
  Inland Navigation Service 7 Show data context -
  Bargeman, Lighterman, Waterman 4 Show data context -
  Navigation Service (on shore) 2 Show data context -
  Seaman (Merchant Service) 119 Show data context -
  Pilot 12 Show data context -
  Ship Steward, Cook - 1 Show data context
  Boatman on Seas 1 Show data context -
  Harbour, Dock, Wharf, Lighthouse Service 6 Show data context -
  Warehouseman (not Manchester) 4 Show data context -
  Messenger, Porter, Watchman (not Railway or Government) 16 Show data context -
  Telegraph, Telephone Service 3 Show data context 2 Show data context
7. PERSONS ENGAGED IN AGRICULTURE. 2,059 Show data context 84 Show data context
  Farmer, Grazier 210 Show data context 8 Show data context
  Farmer's, Grazier's - Son, Grandson, Brother, Nephew 59 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Farm Bailiff 48 Show data context -
  Agricultural Labourer, Farm Servant, Cottager 1,574 Show data context 72 Show data context
  Shepherd 32 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Land Drainage Service (not in towns) 3 Show data context -
  Agricultural Machine - Proprietor, Attendant 6 Show data context -
  Others engaged in, or connected with agriculture 1 Show data context -
  Woodman 17 Show data context -
  Nurseryman, Seedsman, Florist 5 Show data context -
  Gardener (not domestic) 104 Show data context 2 Show data context
8. PERSONS ENGAGED ABOUT ANIMALS. 257 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Horse Proprietor, Breeder, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Groom, Horse-keeper, Horse-breaker 98 Show data context -
  Veterinary Surgeon, Farrier 5 Show data context -
  Cattle, Sheep, Pig - Dealer, Salesman 4 Show data context -
  Drover 1 Show data context -
  Gamekeeper 82 Show data context -
  Dog, Bird, Animal - Keeper, Dealer 3 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Vermin Destroyer 4 Show data context -
  Fisherman 58 Show data context -
9. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN BOOKS, PRINTS, AND MAPS. 12 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Publisher, Bookseller, Librarian 1 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Printer 10 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Newspaper Agent, News Room Keeper 1 Show data context -
10. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN MACHINES AND IMPLEMENTS. 72 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Engine, Machine Maker 15 Show data context -
  Millwright 22 Show data context -
  Fitter, Turner (Engine and Machine) 12 Show data context -
  Boiler Maker 6 Show data context -
  Agricultural Machine and Implement Maker 1 Show data context -
  Tool Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Watch Maker, Clock Maker 11 Show data context -
  Electrical Apparatus Maker 1 Show data context -
  Gunsmith, Gun Manufacturer 2 Show data context -
  Toy Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context 2 Show data context
11. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN HOUSES, FURNITURE, AND DECORATIONS. 417 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Builder 19 Show data context -
  Carpenter, Joiner 155 Show data context -
  Bricklayer 143 Show data context -
  Mason 11 Show data context -
  Plasterer, Whitewasher 8 Show data context -
  Plumber 26 Show data context -
  Painter, Glazier 27 Show data context -
  Cabinet Maker 23 Show data context 2 Show data context
  French Polisher 1 Show data context -
  Furniture Broker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Locksmith, Bellhanger 1 Show data context -
  Gas Fitter 1 Show data context -
  Dealer in Works of Art 1 Show data context -
12. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN CARRIAGES AND HARNESS. 96 Show data context -
  Coachmaker 27 Show data context -
  Wheelwright 44 Show data context -
  Saddler, Harness, Whip Maker 25 Show data context -
13. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN SHIPS AND BOATS. 16 Show data context -
  Ship, Boat, Barge Builder 3 Show data context -
  Shipwright, Ship Carpenter (ashore) 10 Show data context -
  Sail Maker 3 Show data context -
14. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN CHEMICALS AND COMPOUNDS. 11 Show data context -
  Chemist, Druggist 11 Show data context -
15. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN TOBACCO AND PIPES. 1 Show data context -
  Tobacco Manufacture, Tobacconist 1 Show data context -
16. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN FOOD AND LODGING. 315 Show data context 55 Show data context
  Innkeeper, Hotel Keeper, Publican 41 Show data context 7 Show data context
  Lodging, Boarding House Keeper 2 Show data context 16 Show data context
  Coffee, Eating House, Keeper 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Maltster 40 Show data context -
  Brewer 7 Show data context -
  Beerseller, Ale, Porter, Cider Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Wine, Spirit - Merchant, Agent 2 Show data context -
  Milkseller, Dairyman 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Butcher, Meat Salesman 36 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Provision Curer, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Fishmonger 7 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Corn, Flour, Seed Merchant, Dealer 7 Show data context -
  Corn Miller 50 Show data context -
  Baker 29 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Confectioner, Pastrycook - 10 Show data context
  Greengrocer, Fruiterer 3 Show data context -
  Grocer. Tea, Coffee, Chocolate Maker, Dealer 85 Show data context 10 Show data context
17. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN TEXTILE FABRICS. 20 Show data context 31 Show data context
  Silk, Silk Goods, Manufacture - 1 Show data context
  Lace Manufacturer, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Rope, Twine, Cord - Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Net Maker - 2 Show data context
  Dyer, Printer, Scourer, Bleacher, Calenderer (undefined) 1 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Draper, Linen Draper, Mercer 17 Show data context 24 Show data context
  Fancy Goods (Textile) Manufacturer, Worker, Dealer - 2 Show data context
18. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN DRESS. 164 Show data context 279 Show data context
  Tailor 53 Show data context 12 Show data context
  Milliner, Dressmaker, Staymaker - 231 Show data context
  Shirt Maker, Seamstress 1 Show data context 29 Show data context
  Glover, Glove Maker 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Shoe, Boot - Maker, Dealer 104 Show data context 6 Show data context
  Wig Maker, Hair Dresser 4 Show data context -
  Umbrella, Parasol, Stick - Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
19. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS ANIMAL SUBSTANCES. 5 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Manure Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Furrier, Skinner - 1 Show data context
  Tanner, Fellmonger 2 Show data context -
  Currier 2 Show data context 1 Show data context
20. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS VEGETABLE SUBSTANCES. 58 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Others 1 Show data context -
  Willow, Cane, Rush Worker, Dealer, Basketmaker 4 Show data context -
  Hay, Straw (not plait), Chaff, Cutter, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Thatcher 18 Show data context -
  Timber, Wood - Merchant, Dealer 4 Show data context -
  Sawyer 14 Show data context -
  Lath, Wooden Fence, Hurdle Maker 13 Show data context -
  Cooper, Hoop Maker, Bender 3 Show data context -
  Stationer, Law Stationer - 1 Show data context
21. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS MINERAL SUBSTANCES. 264 Show data context 6 Show data context
  [Haulier] [not in Census Report but in codebook] 1 Show data context -
  Coal Merchant 12 Show data context -
  Coalheaver 15 Show data context -
  Gas Works Service 6 Show data context -
  Stone Cutter, Dresser, Dealer 4 Show data context -
  Brick, Tile - Maker, Burner, Dealer 50 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Platelayer 13 Show data context -
  Railway Labourer, Navvy 13 Show data context -
  Earthenware, China, Porcelain, Manufacture 5 Show data context -
  Earthenware, China, Glass Dealer - 2 Show data context
  Goldsmith, Silversmith, Jeweller 1 Show data context -
  [Iron Manufacture] 27 Show data context -
  Blacksmith 97 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Whitesmith 5 Show data context -
  Ironmonger. Hardware Dealer, Merchant 7 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Tin, Tin Plate, Tin Goods - Manufacturer, Worker, Dealer 5 Show data context -
  Zinc, Zinc Goods - Manufacturer, Worker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Brass, Bronze Manufacture. Brazier 2 Show data context -
22. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN GENERAL OR UNSPECIFIED COMMODITIES. 348 Show data context 56 Show data context
  General Shopkeeper, Dealer 20 Show data context 18 Show data context
  Costermonger, Huckster, Street Seller 7 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Manufacturer, Manager, Superintendant (undefined) 7 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Contractor (undefined) 2 Show data context -
  General Labourer 255 Show data context 9 Show data context
  Engine Driver, Stoker, Fireman (not railway, marine or agricultural) 20 Show data context -
  Artizan, Mechanic (undefined) 23 Show data context 21 Show data context
  Apprentice (undefined) 8 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Machinist, Machine Worker (undefined) 6 Show data context 2 Show data context
23. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN REFUSE MATTERS. 9 Show data context -
  Chimney Sweep, Soot Merchant 9 Show data context -
24. PERSONS WITHOUT SPECIFIED OCCUPATIONS. 173 Show data context 1,001 Show data context
  Persons returned by Property, Rank &c. and not special occupation 173 Show data context 1,001 Show data context
[UNKNOWN OCCUPATION] 69 Show data context 2,504 Show data context
  [Occupation recorded but of unknown meaning] 5 Show data context -
  [Blank field, or illegible] 64 Show data context 2,504 Show data context

Notes:

The following notes to the table appeared in the original report.

1 This table is a very special case: The original Table 10 as published by Division in the 1881 census reports was limited to data for Registration Divisions, their component Registration Counties, and just those Urban Sanitary Districts with populations of over 50,000. Data presented here for counties and higher-level units are taken from the published reports, as usual, but we also include in A Vision of Britain through Time data for Registration Districts, sub-Districts and Civil Parishes which never appeared in the original reports. These were specially created for us by the History Data Service at the University of Essex and derive from the complete transcription of the individual-level Enumerators Book data coordinated by the Genealogical Society of Utah.
2 In creating these data, each occupation listed in the enumerators books has been assigned as far as possible to the relevant category used in the published reports, but some additional categories with labels in square brackets unavoidably appear. Unlike the published statistics for higher-level units, these specially-calculated data for districts and parishes include persons under 15 or over 65. For these and other reasons, no attempt has been made to ensure that county totals for the districts or parishes match the published county totals. The remaining notes are those that appeared below the original published table.
3 NOTE.--Persons returned as engaged in more than one occupation have been referred to the one that appeared to be of most importance; or if there was no difference in this respect, to the one first given by the person in his or her return. In some cases special rules have been followed: e.g. "Clergyman and Schoolmaster" in combination has always been referred to "Schoolmaster"; a Member of Parliament or Peer engaged in any branch of commerce or industry has always been referred to this latter, not to "Peer, M.P.".
4 The numbers returned under any heading include Labourers, Apprentices, and Assistants, as well as Masters, but not Clerks, Messengers, Errand boys, Porters, or Watchmen, for which occupations there are special headings. Civil, Military, and Naval Clerks, Law, Bank, Insurance, and Railway Clerks, and Government and Railway Porters, are, however, exceptions to this rule. Many young persons, being Apprentices or Assistants, have therefore been referred to occupations usually followed by adults. Women also, chiefly widows or orphans carrying on the business of their deceased husbands or fathers, will sometimes be found under occupations commonly followed by men only.
5 Persons returned as retired from any business have not been referred to that business. Inmates of workhouses have been referred to their trades, unless their age or infirmities showed that they were past work. But persons who might be supposed to be only temporarily separated from their usual employment, such as Prisoners, and Patients in General Hospitals, have been classed under their usual occupations.
6 In some cases, for convenience of space, the male designation, e.g. "Schoolmaster", alone is given, instead of "Schoolmaster, Schoolmistress".

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