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 Brentford PLU/RegD Acton AP/CP  
OCCUPATIONS. Males.
[1]
Females.
[2]
1. PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE GENERAL OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF THE COUNTRY. 85 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Civil Service (officers and clerks) 20 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Civil Service (messengers, &c.) 17 Show data context -
  Prison Service, &c. 2 Show data context -
  Police 40 Show data context -
  Municipal, Parish, Union, District, Officer 4 Show data context -
  Other Local or County Official 1 Show data context -
  East Indian and Colonial Service 1 Show data context -
2. PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE DEFENCE OF THE COUNTRY. 23 Show data context -
  Army Officer (effective/retired) 13 Show data context -
  Soldier and Non-commissioned officer 5 Show data context -
  Militia, Yeomanry, Volunteers 1 Show data context -
  Army Pensioner 2 Show data context -
  Seaman, R.N. 1 Show data context -
  Navy Pensioner 1 Show data context -
3. PERSONS ENGAGED IN PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATIONS (WITH THEIR IMMEDIATE SUBORDINATES). 221 Show data context 208 Show data context
  Clergymen (Established Church) 10 Show data context -
  Roman Catholic Priest 2 Show data context -
  Minister, Priest of other religious bodies 6 Show data context -
  Missionary, Scripture Reader, Itinerant preacher 5 Show data context -
  Theological Student 3 Show data context -
  Church, chapel, cemetery - officer, servant 3 Show data context -
  Barrister, Solicitor 24 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Law Clerk, and others connected with the law 20 Show data context -
  Physician, Surgeon, General Practitioner 10 Show data context -
  Dentist 1 Show data context -
  Medical Student, Assistant 4 Show data context -
  Subordinate Medical Service 1 Show data context 65 Show data context
  Schoolmaster 19 Show data context 65 Show data context
  Teacher, Professor, Lecturer 6 Show data context 38 Show data context
  School Service, and others connected with teaching - 2 Show data context
  Author, Editor, Journalist 8 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Reporter, Short-hand Writer 4 Show data context -
  Persons engaged in Scientific Pursuits 3 Show data context -
  Civil Engineer 14 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Mining Engineer 1 Show data context -
  Land, House, Ship, Surveyor 9 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Painter (artist) 19 Show data context 7 Show data context
  Engraver (artist) 1 Show data context -
  Sculptor 4 Show data context -
  Architect 14 Show data context -
  Musician, Music Master 12 Show data context 17 Show data context
  Art Student 6 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Photographer 6 Show data context -
  Actor 1 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Art, Music, Theatre Service 1 Show data context -
  Performer, Showman, Exhibition, Service 2 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Billiard, Cricket & other Games, Service 2 Show data context 1 Show data context
4. PERSONS ENGAGED IN DOMESTIC OFFICES OR SERVICES. 246 Show data context 1,886 Show data context
  Domestic Coachman, Groom 15 Show data context -
  Domestic Gardener 10 Show data context -
  Domestic Indoor Servant 31 Show data context 980 Show data context
  Inn, Hotel Servant 27 Show data context 9 Show data context
  College, Club Service 4 Show data context -
  Cook (not domestic) 1 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Charwoman - 22 Show data context
  Washing and Bathing Service 158 Show data context 869 Show data context
  Hospital and Institution Service - 3 Show data context
5. PERSONS ENGAGED IN COMMERCIAL OCCUPATIONS. 327 Show data context 14 Show data context
  Merchant 8 Show data context -
  Broker, Agent, Factor 25 Show data context -
  Auctioneer, Appraiser, Valuer, House Agent 21 Show data context -
  Accountant 18 Show data context -
  Salesman, Buyer (not otherwise specified) 5 Show data context -
  Commercial Traveller 30 Show data context -
  Commercial Clerk 173 Show data context 14 Show data context
  Officer of Commercial Company, Guild, Society &c. 1 Show data context -
  Banker 1 Show data context -
  Bank Service 30 Show data context -
  Bill Discounter, Bill Broker, Finance Agent 1 Show data context -
  Life, House, Ship &c., Insurance Service 14 Show data context -
6. PERSONS ENGAGED IN CONVEYANCE OF MEN, GOODS, AND MESSAGES. 547 Show data context 12 Show data context
  Railway Engine Driver, Stoker 48 Show data context -
  Railway Guard 25 Show data context -
  Pointsman, Level Crossing Man 15 Show data context -
  Other Railway Officials and Servants 242 Show data context 6 Show data context
  Omnibus, Coach, Cab, Owner - Livery Stable Keeper 4 Show data context -
  Cabman, Flyman, Coachman (not domestic) 35 Show data context -
  Carman, Carrier, Carter, Haulier 126 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Navigation Service (on shore) 2 Show data context -
  Seaman (Merchant Service) 6 Show data context -
  Ship Steward, Cook 1 Show data context -
  Warehouseman (not Manchester) 11 Show data context -
  Meter, Weigher 1 Show data context -
  Messenger, Porter, Watchman (not Railway or Government) 29 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Telegraph, Telephone Service 2 Show data context 2 Show data context
7. PERSONS ENGAGED IN AGRICULTURE. 269 Show data context 14 Show data context
  Farmer, Grazier 11 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Farm Bailiff 2 Show data context -
  Agricultural Labourer, Farm Servant, Cottager 83 Show data context 7 Show data context
  Nurseryman, Seedsman, Florist 30 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Gardener (not domestic) 143 Show data context 5 Show data context
8. PERSONS ENGAGED ABOUT ANIMALS. 67 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Horse Proprietor, Breeder, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Groom, Horse-keeper, Horse-breaker 42 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Veterinary Surgeon, Farrier 12 Show data context -
  Cattle, Sheep, Pig - Dealer, Salesman 6 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Drover 3 Show data context -
  Gamekeeper 1 Show data context -
  Dog, Bird, Animal - Keeper, Dealer 1 Show data context -
9. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN BOOKS, PRINTS, AND MAPS. 38 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Publisher, Bookseller, Librarian 9 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Music-Publisher, Seller, Printer 1 Show data context -
  Bookbinder 4 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Printer 20 Show data context -
  Newspaper Agent, News Room Keeper 4 Show data context 2 Show data context
10. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN MACHINES AND IMPLEMENTS. 51 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Engine, Machine Maker 2 Show data context -
  Millwright 1 Show data context -
  Fitter, Turner (Engine and Machine) 22 Show data context -
  Boiler Maker 3 Show data context -
  Tool Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Domestic Implement Maker 1 Show data context -
  Watch Maker, Clock Maker 8 Show data context -
  Philosophical Instrument Maker - 1 Show data context
  Electrical Apparatus Maker 2 Show data context -
  Musical Instrument Maker, Dealer 11 Show data context 1 Show data context
11. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN HOUSES, FURNITURE, AND DECORATIONS. 825 Show data context 12 Show data context
  Builder 59 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Carpenter, Joiner 224 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Bricklayer 257 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Mason 31 Show data context -
  Slater, Tiler 6 Show data context -
  Plasterer, Whitewasher 73 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Paperhanger 4 Show data context -
  Plumber 25 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Painter, Glazier 88 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Cabinet Maker 21 Show data context 3 Show data context
  French Polisher 5 Show data context -
  Furniture Broker, Dealer 7 Show data context -
  Locksmith, Bellhanger 1 Show data context -
  Gas Fitter 15 Show data context -
  House and Shop Fittings - Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Funeral Furniture Maker, Undertaker 1 Show data context -
  Carver, Gilder 3 Show data context -
  Dealer in Works of Art 3 Show data context -
  Animal, Bird &c. Preserver, Naturalist 1 Show data context -
12. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN CARRIAGES AND HARNESS. 51 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Coachmaker 9 Show data context -
  Railway Carriage, Railway Wagon, Maker 13 Show data context -
  Wheelwright 16 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Saddler, Harness, Whip Maker 13 Show data context -
13. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN SHIPS AND BOATS. 3 Show data context -
  Ship, Boat, Barge Builder 2 Show data context -
  Shipwright, Ship Carpenter (ashore) 1 Show data context -
14. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN CHEMICALS AND COMPOUNDS. 9 Show data context -
  Chemist, Druggist 8 Show data context -
  Manufacturing Chemist 1 Show data context -
15. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN TOBACCO AND PIPES. 4 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Tobacco Manufacture, Tobacconist 4 Show data context 1 Show data context
16. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN FOOD AND LODGING. 316 Show data context 39 Show data context
  Innkeeper, Hotel Keeper, Publican 30 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Lodging, Boarding House Keeper 2 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Coffee, Eating House, Keeper 5 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Hop - Merchant, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Brewer 7 Show data context -
  Beerseller, Ale, Porter, Cider Dealer 16 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Cellarman 2 Show data context -
  Wine, Spirit - Merchant, Agent 8 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Milkseller, Dairyman 21 Show data context -
  Cheesemonger, Butterman 8 Show data context -
  Butcher, Meat Salesman 46 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Provision Curer, Dealer 6 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Poulterer, Game Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Fishmonger 10 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Corn, Flour, Seed Merchant, Dealer 8 Show data context -
  Baker 45 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Confectioner, Pastrycook 3 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Greengrocer, Fruiterer 30 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Sugar Refiner 2 Show data context -
  Grocer. Tea, Coffee, Chocolate Maker, Dealer 62 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Ginger Beer, Mineral Water Manufacturer, Dealer 3 Show data context -
17. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN TEXTILE FABRICS. 42 Show data context 30 Show data context
  Cloth, Worsted, Stuff, Flannel, Blanket Dealer 3 Show data context -
  Silk Merchant, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Cotton, Cotton Goods Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Cotton, Calico - Printer, Dyer, Bleacher 2 Show data context -
  Lace Manufacturer, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Mat Maker, Seller 1 Show data context -
  Dyer, Printer, Scourer, Bleacher, Calenderer (undefined) 8 Show data context -
  Carpet, Rug Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Manchester Warehouseman 1 Show data context -
  Draper, Linen Draper, Mercer 22 Show data context 24 Show data context
  Fancy Goods (Textile) Manufacturer, Worker, Dealer 1 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Embroiderer - 2 Show data context
18. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN DRESS. 97 Show data context 183 Show data context
  Hatter, Hat Manufacture 3 Show data context -
  Straw - Hat, Bonnet, Plait Manufacture - 1 Show data context
  Tailor 27 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Milliner, Dressmaker, Staymaker 4 Show data context 159 Show data context
  Shirt Maker, Seamstress - 14 Show data context
  Hosier, Haberdasher 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Shoe, Boot - Maker, Dealer 53 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Wig Maker, Hair Dresser 6 Show data context -
  Umbrella, Parasol, Stick - Maker, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Accoutrement Maker 1 Show data context -
19. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS ANIMAL SUBSTANCES. 12 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Tallow Chandler, Candle, Grease Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Soap Boiler, Maker 2 Show data context -
  Manure Manufacture 3 Show data context -
  Bone, Horn, Ivory, Tortoise-shell - Worker, Dealer 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Comb Maker - 1 Show data context
  Furrier, Skinner - 1 Show data context
  Tanner, Fellmonger 1 Show data context -
  Currier 2 Show data context -
  Leather Goods, Portmanteau, Bag, Strap &c., Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Brush, Broom, Maker 1 Show data context -
20. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS VEGETABLE SUBSTANCES. 44 Show data context 7 Show data context
  Oil and Colourman 9 Show data context -
  Floor Cloth, Oil Cloth Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Willow, Cane, Rush Worker, Dealer, Basketmaker 7 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Timber, Wood - Merchant, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Sawyer 5 Show data context -
  Lath, Wooden Fence, Hurdle Maker 5 Show data context -
  Wood Turner, Box Maker 2 Show data context -
  Cooper, Hoop Maker, Bender 3 Show data context -
  Stationer, Law Stationer 10 Show data context 6 Show data context
  Others 1 Show data context -
21. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS MINERAL SUBSTANCES. 246 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Mine Service 3 Show data context -
  Coal Merchant 8 Show data context -
  Coalheaver 10 Show data context -
  Coke, Charcoal, Peat - Cutter, Burner, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Gas Works Service 4 Show data context -
  Stone Cutter, Dresser, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Limeburner 1 Show data context -
  Brick, Tile - Maker, Burner, Dealer 56 Show data context -
  Road Contractor, Surveyor, Inspector 1 Show data context -
  Road Labourer 4 Show data context -
  Railway Contractor 2 Show data context -
  Platelayer 48 Show data context -
  Railway Labourer, Navvy 24 Show data context -
  Earthenware, China, Porcelain, Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Glass Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Earthenware, China, Glass Dealer 5 Show data context -
  Waterworks Service 4 Show data context -
  Goldsmith, Silversmith, Jeweller 18 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Lapidary 1 Show data context -
  [Iron Manufacture] 4 Show data context -
  Blacksmith 22 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Whitesmith 4 Show data context -
  Ironmonger. Hardware Dealer, Merchant 9 Show data context 1 Show data context
  [Coppersmith] 1 Show data context -
  Zinc, Zinc Goods - Manufacturer, Worker, Dealer 4 Show data context -
  Lead, Leaden Goods - Manufacturer, Worker, Dealer 3 Show data context -
  Metal Refiner, Worker, Turner, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Brass, Bronze Manufacture. Brazier 3 Show data context -
22. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN GENERAL OR UNSPECIFIED COMMODITIES. 513 Show data context 28 Show data context
  General Shopkeeper, Dealer 19 Show data context 10 Show data context
  Pawnbroker 4 Show data context -
  Costermonger, Huckster, Street Seller 6 Show data context -
  Manufacturer, Manager, Superintendant (undefined) 7 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Contractor (undefined) 2 Show data context -
  General Labourer 453 Show data context 7 Show data context
  Engine Driver, Stoker, Fireman (not railway, marine or agricultural) 10 Show data context -
  Artizan, Mechanic (undefined) 9 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Factory Labourer (undefined) 3 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Machinist, Machine Worker (undefined) - 6 Show data context
23. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN REFUSE MATTERS. 6 Show data context -
  Chimney Sweep, Soot Merchant 5 Show data context -
  Scavenger, Crossing Sweeper 1 Show data context -
24. PERSONS WITHOUT SPECIFIED OCCUPATIONS. 115 Show data context 355 Show data context
  Persons returned by Property, Rank &c. and not special occupation 115 Show data context 355 Show data context
[UNKNOWN OCCUPATION] 105 Show data context 2,594 Show data context
  [Occupation recorded but of unknown meaning] 2 Show data context -
  [Blank field, or illegible] 103 Show data context 2,594 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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