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 Solihull PLU/RegD Solihull SubD
OCCUPATIONS. Males.
[1]
Females.
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1. PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE GENERAL OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF THE COUNTRY. 45 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Civil Service (officers and clerks) 8 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Civil Service (messengers, &c.) 8 Show data context -
  Police 15 Show data context -
  Municipal, Parish, Union, District, Officer 11 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Other Local or County Official 3 Show data context -
2. PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE DEFENCE OF THE COUNTRY. 5 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Army Officer (effective/retired) 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Army Pensioner 3 Show data context -
  Royal Marines (officers/men) 1 Show data context -
3. PERSONS ENGAGED IN PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATIONS (WITH THEIR IMMEDIATE SUBORDINATES). 169 Show data context 157 Show data context
  Clergymen (Established Church) 12 Show data context -
  Roman Catholic Priest 2 Show data context -
  Minister, Priest of other religious bodies 3 Show data context -
  Theological Student 20 Show data context -
  Church, chapel, cemetery - officer, servant 2 Show data context -
  Barrister, Solicitor 21 Show data context -
  Law Student 4 Show data context -
  Law Clerk, and others connected with the law 19 Show data context -
  Physician, Surgeon, General Practitioner 7 Show data context -
  Dentist 6 Show data context -
  Medical Student, Assistant 1 Show data context -
  Midwife - 1 Show data context
  Subordinate Medical Service 1 Show data context 18 Show data context
  Schoolmaster 18 Show data context 89 Show data context
  Teacher, Professor, Lecturer 5 Show data context 39 Show data context
  School Service, and others connected with teaching 1 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Author, Editor, Journalist 2 Show data context -
  Reporter, Short-hand Writer 2 Show data context -
  Persons engaged in Scientific Pursuits 1 Show data context -
  Mining Engineer 2 Show data context -
  Land, House, Ship, Surveyor 4 Show data context -
  Painter (artist) 10 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Engraver (artist) 6 Show data context -
  Architect 5 Show data context -
  Musician, Music Master 9 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Art Student 2 Show data context -
  Photographer 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Actor 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Art, Music, Theatre Service 1 Show data context -
  Billiard, Cricket & other Games, Service 1 Show data context -
4. PERSONS ENGAGED IN DOMESTIC OFFICES OR SERVICES. 166 Show data context 1,390 Show data context
  Domestic Coachman, Groom 55 Show data context -
  Domestic Gardener 40 Show data context -
  Domestic Indoor Servant 57 Show data context 1,171 Show data context
  Inn, Hotel Servant 11 Show data context 13 Show data context
  Office Keeper (not Government) - 1 Show data context
  Charwoman - 22 Show data context
  Washing and Bathing Service 2 Show data context 181 Show data context
  Hospital and Institution Service 1 Show data context 2 Show data context
5. PERSONS ENGAGED IN COMMERCIAL OCCUPATIONS. 357 Show data context 7 Show data context
  Merchant 27 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Broker, Agent, Factor 21 Show data context -
  Auctioneer, Appraiser, Valuer, House Agent 21 Show data context -
  Accountant 13 Show data context -
  Salesman, Buyer (not otherwise specified) 1 Show data context -
  Commercial Traveller 48 Show data context -
  Commercial Clerk 194 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Officer of Commercial Company, Guild, Society &c. - 1 Show data context
  Banker 2 Show data context -
  Bank Service 17 Show data context -
  Life, House, Ship &c., Insurance Service 13 Show data context -
6. PERSONS ENGAGED IN CONVEYANCE OF MEN, GOODS, AND MESSAGES. 160 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Railway Guard 1 Show data context -
  Pointsman, Level Crossing Man 4 Show data context -
  Other Railway Officials and Servants 24 Show data context -
  Omnibus, Coach, Cab, Owner - Livery Stable Keeper 5 Show data context -
  Cabman, Flyman, Coachman (not domestic) 36 Show data context -
  Carman, Carrier, Carter, Haulier 48 Show data context -
  Inland Navigation Service 3 Show data context -
  Bargeman, Lighterman, Waterman 4 Show data context -
  Seaman (Merchant Service) 3 Show data context -
  Warehouseman (not Manchester) 9 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Messenger, Porter, Watchman (not Railway or Government) 23 Show data context -
7. PERSONS ENGAGED IN AGRICULTURE. 786 Show data context 28 Show data context
  Farmer, Grazier 111 Show data context 9 Show data context
  Farmer's, Grazier's - Son, Grandson, Brother, Nephew 44 Show data context -
  Farm Bailiff 17 Show data context -
  Agricultural Labourer, Farm Servant, Cottager 402 Show data context 19 Show data context
  Shepherd 7 Show data context -
  Agricultural Machine - Proprietor, Attendant 1 Show data context -
  Woodman 2 Show data context -
  Nurseryman, Seedsman, Florist 8 Show data context -
  Gardener (not domestic) 194 Show data context -
8. PERSONS ENGAGED ABOUT ANIMALS. 66 Show data context -
  Horse Proprietor, Breeder, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Groom, Horse-keeper, Horse-breaker 50 Show data context -
  Veterinary Surgeon, Farrier 5 Show data context -
  Cattle, Sheep, Pig - Dealer, Salesman 2 Show data context -
  Gamekeeper 8 Show data context -
9. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN BOOKS, PRINTS, AND MAPS. 23 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Publisher, Bookseller, Librarian 5 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Music-Publisher, Seller, Printer - 1 Show data context
  Bookbinder 1 Show data context -
  Printer 14 Show data context -
  Lithographer, Lithographic Printer 3 Show data context -
10. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN MACHINES AND IMPLEMENTS. 144 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Engine, Machine Maker 38 Show data context -
  Millwright 1 Show data context -
  Fitter, Turner (Engine and Machine) 8 Show data context -
  Spinning and Weaving Machine Maker 2 Show data context -
  Domestic Machinery - Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Tool Maker, Dealer 23 Show data context -
  File Maker 2 Show data context -
  Pin Maker 1 Show data context -
  Needle Maker 1 Show data context -
  Steel Pen Maker 2 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Watch Maker, Clock Maker 7 Show data context -
  Philosophical Instrument Maker 4 Show data context -
  Weighing and Measuring Apparatus Maker 9 Show data context -
  Surgical Instrument Maker 1 Show data context -
  Gunsmith, Gun Manufacturer 35 Show data context -
  Sword, Bayonet - Maker, Cutler 1 Show data context -
  Musical Instrument Maker, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Die, Seal, Coin, Medal Maker 6 Show data context -
11. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN HOUSES, FURNITURE, AND DECORATIONS. 281 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Builder 24 Show data context -
  Carpenter, Joiner 84 Show data context -
  Bricklayer 80 Show data context -
  Mason 7 Show data context -
  Plasterer, Whitewasher 5 Show data context -
  Paperhanger 2 Show data context -
  Plumber 1 Show data context -
  Painter, Glazier 49 Show data context -
  Cabinet Maker 8 Show data context 1 Show data context
  French Polisher 3 Show data context -
  Furniture Broker, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Locksmith, Bellhanger 4 Show data context -
  Gas Fitter 5 Show data context -
  House and Shop Fittings - Maker, Dealer - 1 Show data context
  Funeral Furniture Maker, Undertaker 2 Show data context -
  Carver, Gilder 3 Show data context -
  Figure, Image - Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Animal, Bird &c. Preserver, Naturalist 1 Show data context -
12. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN CARRIAGES AND HARNESS. 38 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Coachmaker 5 Show data context -
  Wheelwright 22 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Others 1 Show data context -
  Saddler, Harness, Whip Maker 10 Show data context -
14. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN CHEMICALS AND COMPOUNDS. 14 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Fusee, Fireworks, Explosive Article Manufacture - 4 Show data context
  Chemist, Druggist 10 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Manufacturing Chemist 2 Show data context -
  Drysalter 2 Show data context -
15. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN TOBACCO AND PIPES. 3 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Tobacco Manufacture, Tobacconist 3 Show data context 1 Show data context
16. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN FOOD AND LODGING. 266 Show data context 23 Show data context
  Innkeeper, Hotel Keeper, Publican 33 Show data context 10 Show data context
  Lodging, Boarding House Keeper 1 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Coffee, Eating House, Keeper 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Maltster 11 Show data context -
  Brewer 6 Show data context -
  Beerseller, Ale, Porter, Cider Dealer 5 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Wine, Spirit - Merchant, Agent 6 Show data context -
  Milkseller, Dairyman 19 Show data context -
  Butcher, Meat Salesman 39 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Provision Curer, Dealer 3 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Poulterer, Game Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Fishmonger 9 Show data context -
  Corn, Flour, Seed Merchant, Dealer 10 Show data context -
  Corn Miller 3 Show data context -
  Baker 43 Show data context -
  Confectioner, Pastrycook 3 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Greengrocer, Fruiterer 12 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Sugar Refiner 1 Show data context -
  Grocer. Tea, Coffee, Chocolate Maker, Dealer 59 Show data context 3 Show data context
17. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN TEXTILE FABRICS. 36 Show data context 16 Show data context
  Cloth, Worsted, Stuff, Flannel, Blanket Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Silk, Silk Goods, Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Silk Merchant, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Cotton, Calico - Printer, Dyer, Bleacher 1 Show data context -
  Lace Manufacturer, Dealer - 1 Show data context
  Weaver (undefined) 1 Show data context -
  Carpet, Rug Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Manchester Warehouseman 1 Show data context -
  Draper, Linen Draper, Mercer 28 Show data context 15 Show data context
18. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN DRESS. 107 Show data context 166 Show data context
  Hatter, Hat Manufacture 2 Show data context -
  Tailor 28 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Milliner, Dressmaker, Staymaker 3 Show data context 125 Show data context
  Shirt Maker, Seamstress 2 Show data context 18 Show data context
  Hosier, Haberdasher 9 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Button Maker, Dealer 6 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Shoe, Boot - Maker, Dealer 45 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Wig Maker, Hair Dresser 3 Show data context -
  Umbrella, Parasol, Stick - Maker, Dealer 7 Show data context 10 Show data context
  Accoutrement Maker 2 Show data context -
19. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS ANIMAL SUBSTANCES. 23 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Manure Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Others 3 Show data context -
  Furrier, Skinner 3 Show data context -
  Tanner, Fellmonger 7 Show data context -
  Currier 4 Show data context -
  Leather Goods, Portmanteau, Bag, Strap &c., Maker, Dealer 4 Show data context -
  Brush, Broom, Maker 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
20. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS VEGETABLE SUBSTANCES. 38 Show data context 13 Show data context
  Japanner 4 Show data context 6 Show data context
  India Rubber, Gutta Percha - Worker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Others 4 Show data context 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 -
  Timber, Wood - Merchant, Dealer 5 Show data context -
  Wood Turner, Box Maker 3 Show data context -
  Cooper, Hoop Maker, Bender 2 Show data context -
  Others 1 Show data context -
  Paper Manufacture 4 Show data context -
  Stationer, Law Stationer 3 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Card, Pattern Card Maker 1 Show data context -
  Paper Stainer 1 Show data context -
  Paper Box, Paper Bag Maker 3 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Ticket, Label Writer 1 Show data context -
21. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS MINERAL SUBSTANCES. 472 Show data context 20 Show data context
  Coal Miner 1 Show data context -
  Mine Service 1 Show data context -
  Coal Merchant 15 Show data context -
  Coalheaver 1 Show data context -
  Gas Works Service 1 Show data context -
  Stone Cutter, Dresser, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Well Sinker, Borer 3 Show data context -
  Brick, Tile - Maker, Burner, Dealer 41 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Paviour 1 Show data context -
  Road Contractor, Surveyor, Inspector 1 Show data context -
  Road Labourer 1 Show data context -
  Platelayer 14 Show data context -
  Railway Labourer, Navvy 9 Show data context -
  Others 1 Show data context -
  Earthenware, China, Porcelain, Manufacture 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Glass Manufacture 4 Show data context -
  Earthenware, China, Glass Dealer 3 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Goldsmith, Silversmith, Jeweller 63 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Lapidary 1 Show data context -
  Others 1 Show data context -
  [Iron Manufacture] 34 Show data context 1 Show data context
  [Steel Manufacture] 8 Show data context -
  Blacksmith 32 Show data context -
  Whitesmith 5 Show data context -
  Nail Manufacture 9 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Anchor, Chain Manufacture - 2 Show data context
  Ironmonger. Hardware Dealer, Merchant 20 Show data context -
  Other Iron and Steel Manufacture 6 Show data context -
  [Coppersmith] 1 Show data context -
  Tin, Tin Plate, Tin Goods - Manufacturer, Worker, Dealer 10 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Zinc, Zinc Goods - Manufacturer, Worker, Dealer 2 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Lead, Leaden Goods - Manufacturer, Worker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Metal Refiner, Worker, Turner, Dealer 11 Show data context -
  Brass, Bronze Manufacture. Brazier 66 Show data context -
  Metal Burnisher, Lacquerer 2 Show data context 6 Show data context
  White Metal, Plated Ware, Manufacture. Pewterer 18 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Wire Maker, Worker, Weaver, Drawer 59 Show data context -
  Bolt, Nut, Rivet, Screw, Staple Maker 2 Show data context -
  Lamp, Lantern, Candlestick Maker 11 Show data context -
  Clasp, Buckle, Hinge Maker 6 Show data context -
  Fancy Chain, Gilt Toy Maker 1 Show data context -
  Others 4 Show data context -
22. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN GENERAL OR UNSPECIFIED COMMODITIES. 501 Show data context 38 Show data context
  General Shopkeeper, Dealer 9 Show data context 8 Show data context
  Costermonger, Huckster, Street Seller 4 Show data context -
  Manufacturer, Manager, Superintendant (undefined) 23 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Contractor (undefined) 2 Show data context -
  General Labourer 386 Show data context 6 Show data context
  Engine Driver, Stoker, Fireman (not railway, marine or agricultural) 13 Show data context -
  Artizan, Mechanic (undefined) 36 Show data context 8 Show data context
  Apprentice (undefined) 13 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Factory Labourer (undefined) 4 Show data context 9 Show data context
  Machinist, Machine Worker (undefined) 11 Show data context 4 Show data context
23. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN REFUSE MATTERS. 3 Show data context -
  Chimney Sweep, Soot Merchant 3 Show data context -
24. PERSONS WITHOUT SPECIFIED OCCUPATIONS. 99 Show data context 532 Show data context
  Persons returned by Property, Rank &c. and not special occupation 99 Show data context 532 Show data context
[UNKNOWN OCCUPATION] 109 Show data context 2,368 Show data context
  [Occupation recorded but of unknown meaning] 7 Show data context -
  [Blank field, or illegible] 102 Show data context 2,368 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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