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 Dewsbury PLU/RegD Batley AP/Tn/CP
OCCUPATIONS. Males.
[1]
Females.
[2]
1. PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE GENERAL OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF THE COUNTRY. 53 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Civil Service (officers and clerks) 5 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Civil Service (messengers, &c.) 7 Show data context -
  Police 25 Show data context -
  Municipal, Parish, Union, District, Officer 14 Show data context -
  Other Local or County Official 2 Show data context -
2. PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE DEFENCE OF THE COUNTRY. 5 Show data context -
  Militia, Yeomanry, Volunteers 1 Show data context -
  Army Pensioner 1 Show data context -
  Seaman, R.N. 2 Show data context -
  Navy Pensioner 1 Show data context -
3. PERSONS ENGAGED IN PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATIONS (WITH THEIR IMMEDIATE SUBORDINATES). 122 Show data context 96 Show data context
  Clergymen (Established Church) 6 Show data context -
  Roman Catholic Priest 3 Show data context -
  Minister, Priest of other religious bodies 7 Show data context -
  Missionary, Scripture Reader, Itinerant preacher 1 Show data context -
  Church, chapel, cemetery - officer, servant 3 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Barrister, Solicitor 6 Show data context -
  Law Clerk, and others connected with the law 17 Show data context -
  Physician, Surgeon, General Practitioner 3 Show data context -
  Dentist 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Medical Student, Assistant 1 Show data context -
  Midwife - 1 Show data context
  Subordinate Medical Service 1 Show data context 6 Show data context
  Schoolmaster 31 Show data context 66 Show data context
  Teacher, Professor, Lecturer 1 Show data context 8 Show data context
  School Service, and others connected with teaching 4 Show data context -
  Author, Editor, Journalist 2 Show data context -
  Civil Engineer 2 Show data context -
  Mining Engineer 1 Show data context -
  Land, House, Ship, Surveyor 1 Show data context -
  Painter (artist) 2 Show data context -
  Architect 9 Show data context -
  Musician, Music Master 14 Show data context 11 Show data context
  Photographer 3 Show data context -
  Art, Music, Theatre Service 1 Show data context -
  Performer, Showman, Exhibition, Service 1 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Billiard, Cricket & other Games, Service 1 Show data context -
4. PERSONS ENGAGED IN DOMESTIC OFFICES OR SERVICES. 57 Show data context 717 Show data context
  Domestic Coachman, Groom 20 Show data context -
  Domestic Gardener 14 Show data context -
  Domestic Indoor Servant 10 Show data context 636 Show data context
  Inn, Hotel Servant 8 Show data context 10 Show data context
  College, Club Service 3 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Office Keeper (not Government) - 4 Show data context
  Charwoman 1 Show data context 47 Show data context
  Washing and Bathing Service - 14 Show data context
  Hospital and Institution Service - 3 Show data context
  Others engaged in Service 1 Show data context -
5. PERSONS ENGAGED IN COMMERCIAL OCCUPATIONS. 170 Show data context 6 Show data context
  Merchant 1 Show data context -
  Broker, Agent, Factor 12 Show data context -
  Auctioneer, Appraiser, Valuer, House Agent 8 Show data context -
  Accountant 7 Show data context -
  Salesman, Buyer (not otherwise specified) 2 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Commercial Traveller 20 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Commercial Clerk 96 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Bank Service 8 Show data context -
  Life, House, Ship &c., Insurance Service 16 Show data context 1 Show data context
6. PERSONS ENGAGED IN CONVEYANCE OF MEN, GOODS, AND MESSAGES. 323 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Railway Engine Driver, Stoker 2 Show data context -
  Railway Guard 2 Show data context -
  Pointsman, Level Crossing Man 2 Show data context -
  Other Railway Officials and Servants 35 Show data context -
  Omnibus, Coach, Cab, Owner - Livery Stable Keeper 2 Show data context -
  Cabman, Flyman, Coachman (not domestic) 28 Show data context -
  Carman, Carrier, Carter, Haulier 162 Show data context -
  Tramway Companies' Service 8 Show data context -
  Wheel Chair Proprietor, Attendant &c. - 1 Show data context
  Seaman (Merchant Service) 2 Show data context -
  Harbour, Dock, Wharf, Lighthouse Service - 1 Show data context
  Warehouseman (not Manchester) 52 Show data context -
  Messenger, Porter, Watchman (not Railway or Government) 28 Show data context -
7. PERSONS ENGAGED IN AGRICULTURE. 176 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Farmer, Grazier 25 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Farmer's, Grazier's - Son, Grandson, Brother, Nephew 1 Show data context -
  Farm Bailiff 3 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Agricultural Labourer, Farm Servant, Cottager 107 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Shepherd 1 Show data context -
  Agricultural Machine - Proprietor, Attendant 1 Show data context -
  Nurseryman, Seedsman, Florist 1 Show data context -
  Gardener (not domestic) 37 Show data context -
8. PERSONS ENGAGED ABOUT ANIMALS. 21 Show data context -
  Horse Proprietor, Breeder, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Groom, Horse-keeper, Horse-breaker 14 Show data context -
  Veterinary Surgeon, Farrier 1 Show data context -
  Cattle, Sheep, Pig - Dealer, Salesman 2 Show data context -
  Drover 1 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. 36 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Publisher, Bookseller, Librarian 5 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Music-Publisher, Seller, Printer 3 Show data context -
  Bookbinder 3 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Printer 22 Show data context -
  Newspaper Agent, News Room Keeper 3 Show data context 1 Show data context
10. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN MACHINES AND IMPLEMENTS. 343 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Engine, Machine Maker 37 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Millwright 13 Show data context -
  Fitter, Turner (Engine and Machine) 26 Show data context -
  Boiler Maker 4 Show data context -
  Spinning and Weaving Machine Maker 251 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Domestic Machinery - Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Tool Maker, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Watch Maker, Clock Maker 4 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Weighing and Measuring Apparatus Maker 5 Show data context -
11. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN HOUSES, FURNITURE, AND DECORATIONS. 612 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Builder 10 Show data context -
  Carpenter, Joiner 143 Show data context -
  Bricklayer 16 Show data context -
  Mason 260 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Slater, Tiler 14 Show data context -
  Plasterer, Whitewasher 32 Show data context -
  Plumber 45 Show data context -
  Painter, Glazier 53 Show data context -
  Cabinet Maker 30 Show data context -
  French Polisher 3 Show data context -
  Furniture Broker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Locksmith, Bellhanger 1 Show data context -
  Gas Fitter 1 Show data context -
  Wood Carver 1 Show data context -
  Carver, Gilder 2 Show data context -
12. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN CARRIAGES AND HARNESS. 28 Show data context -
  Coachmaker 5 Show data context -
  Wheelwright 14 Show data context -
  Others 1 Show data context -
  Saddler, Harness, Whip Maker 8 Show data context -
14. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN CHEMICALS AND COMPOUNDS. 17 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Dye, Paint Manufacture - 1 Show data context
  Ink, Blacking, Colour Substance Manufacture - 1 Show data context
  Chemist, Druggist 10 Show data context -
  Manufacturing Chemist 6 Show data context -
  Drysalter 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. 350 Show data context 51 Show data context
  Innkeeper, Hotel Keeper, Publican 33 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Lodging, Boarding House Keeper - 2 Show data context
  Coffee, Eating House, Keeper 7 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Maltster 1 Show data context -
  Brewer 6 Show data context -
  Beerseller, Ale, Porter, Cider Dealer 11 Show data context -
  Cellarman 1 Show data context -
  Wine, Spirit - Merchant, Agent 1 Show data context -
  Milkseller, Dairyman 14 Show data context -
  Cheesemonger, Butterman 1 Show data context -
  Butcher, Meat Salesman 62 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Provision Curer, Dealer 12 Show data context -
  Poulterer, Game Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Fishmonger 17 Show data context -
  Corn, Flour, Seed Merchant, Dealer 3 Show data context -
  Corn Miller 7 Show data context -
  Baker 19 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Confectioner, Pastrycook 14 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Greengrocer, Fruiterer 28 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Sugar Refiner 1 Show data context -
  Grocer. Tea, Coffee, Chocolate Maker, Dealer 105 Show data context 28 Show data context
  Ginger Beer, Mineral Water Manufacturer, Dealer 6 Show data context 1 Show data context
17. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN TEXTILE FABRICS. 3,143 Show data context 3,439 Show data context
  Woolstapler 7 Show data context -
  Woollen Cloth Manufacture 2,115 Show data context 2,961 Show data context
  Wool, Woollen goods - Dyer, Printer 100 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Worsted, Stuff, Manufacture 10 Show data context 24 Show data context
  Flannel Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Blanket Manufacture 97 Show data context 70 Show data context
  Fuller 99 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Cloth, Worsted, Stuff, Flannel, Blanket Dealer 140 Show data context 19 Show data context
  Ribbon Manufacture - 1 Show data context
  Cotton, Cotton Goods Manufacture 59 Show data context 76 Show data context
  Cotton, Calico - Warehouseman, Dealer 22 Show data context -
  Flax, Linen - Manufacturer, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Rope, Twine, Cord - Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Canvas, Sailcloth Manufacture - 1 Show data context
  Sacking, Sack, Bag - Maker, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Weaver (undefined) 30 Show data context 215 Show data context
  Dyer, Printer, Scourer, Bleacher, Calenderer (undefined) 47 Show data context -
  Factory Hand (textile, undefined) 323 Show data context 50 Show data context
  Felt Manufacture 3 Show data context -
  Carpet, Rug Manufacture 40 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Draper, Linen Draper, Mercer 44 Show data context 6 Show data context
  Fancy Goods (Textile) Manufacturer, Worker, Dealer 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Others - 11 Show data context
18. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN DRESS. 164 Show data context 228 Show data context
  Hatter, Hat Manufacture 2 Show data context -
  Straw - Hat, Bonnet, Plait Manufacture - 2 Show data context
  Tailor 64 Show data context 6 Show data context
  Milliner, Dressmaker, Staymaker 3 Show data context 214 Show data context
  Shirt Maker, Seamstress - 4 Show data context
  Hosiery Manufacture - 1 Show data context
  Shoe, Boot - Maker, Dealer 68 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Patten, Clog Maker 10 Show data context -
  Wig Maker, Hair Dresser 16 Show data context -
  Umbrella, Parasol, Stick - Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
19. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS ANIMAL SUBSTANCES. 26 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Tallow Chandler, Candle, Grease Manufacture 4 Show data context -
  Glue, Size, Gelatine, Isinglass - Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Furrier, Skinner 2 Show data context -
  Tanner, Fellmonger 4 Show data context -
  Currier 13 Show data context -
  Leather Goods, Portmanteau, Bag, Strap &c., Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Brush, Broom, Maker 1 Show data context -
  Quill, Feather - Dresser, Dealer - 1 Show data context
20. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS VEGETABLE SUBSTANCES. 72 Show data context 50 Show data context
  Oil Miller, Oil Cake - Maker, Dealer 8 Show data context -
  India Rubber, Gutta Percha - Worker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Waterproof Goods - Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Willow, Cane, Rush Worker, Dealer, Basketmaker 11 Show data context -
  Hay, Straw (not plait), Chaff, Cutter, Dealer 6 Show data context -
  Sawyer 2 Show data context -
  Wood Turner, Box Maker 11 Show data context -
  Cooper, Hoop Maker, Bender 5 Show data context -
  Others 1 Show data context -
  Paper Manufacture 21 Show data context 48 Show data context
  Stationer, Law Stationer 3 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Paper Box, Paper Bag Maker 1 Show data context -
  Others 1 Show data context -
21. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS MINERAL SUBSTANCES. 878 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Coal Miner 521 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Miner, in other or undefined Minerals 5 Show data context -
  Mine Service 6 Show data context -
  Coal Merchant 11 Show data context -
  Coalheaver 4 Show data context -
  Gas Works Service 13 Show data context -
  Stone Quarrier 54 Show data context -
  Stone Cutter, Dresser, Dealer 8 Show data context -
  Well Sinker, Borer 2 Show data context -
  Brick, Tile - Maker, Burner, Dealer 16 Show data context -
  Paviour 3 Show data context -
  Road Contractor, Surveyor, Inspector 2 Show data context -
  Road Labourer 5 Show data context -
  Railway Contractor 1 Show data context -
  Platelayer 6 Show data context -
  Railway Labourer, Navvy 7 Show data context -
  Earthenware, China, Glass Dealer 6 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Waterworks Service 1 Show data context -
  Goldsmith, Silversmith, Jeweller 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  [Iron Manufacture] 66 Show data context 1 Show data context
  [Steel Manufacture] 1 Show data context -
  Blacksmith 83 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Whitesmith 3 Show data context -
  Nail Manufacture 24 Show data context -
  Ironmonger. Hardware Dealer, Merchant 10 Show data context -
  Tin, Tin Plate, Tin Goods - Manufacturer, Worker, Dealer 11 Show data context -
  Brass, Bronze Manufacture. Brazier 1 Show data context -
  Wire Maker, Worker, Weaver, Drawer 6 Show data context -
  Lamp, Lantern, Candlestick Maker 1 Show data context -
22. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN GENERAL OR UNSPECIFIED COMMODITIES. 439 Show data context 85 Show data context
  General Shopkeeper, Dealer 10 Show data context 14 Show data context
  Pawnbroker 5 Show data context -
  Costermonger, Huckster, Street Seller 20 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Manufacturer, Manager, Superintendant (undefined) 23 Show data context -
  Contractor (undefined) 8 Show data context -
  General Labourer 163 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Engine Driver, Stoker, Fireman (not railway, marine or agricultural) 100 Show data context -
  Artizan, Mechanic (undefined) 26 Show data context 11 Show data context
  Apprentice (undefined) 3 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Factory Labourer (undefined) 79 Show data context 51 Show data context
  Machinist, Machine Worker (undefined) 2 Show data context 3 Show data context
23. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN REFUSE MATTERS. 75 Show data context 6 Show data context
  Town Drainage Service 1 Show data context -
  Chimney Sweep, Soot Merchant 4 Show data context -
  Scavenger, Crossing Sweeper 4 Show data context -
  Rag Gatherer, Dealer 66 Show data context 6 Show data context
24. PERSONS WITHOUT SPECIFIED OCCUPATIONS. 82 Show data context 676 Show data context
  Persons returned by Property, Rank &c. and not special occupation 82 Show data context 676 Show data context
[UNKNOWN OCCUPATION] 60 Show data context 3,224 Show data context
  [Occupation recorded but of unknown meaning] 7 Show data context 4 Show data context
  [Blank field, or illegible] 53 Show data context 3,220 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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