Even the first census of 1801 divided the population into those 'chiefly
employed in agriculture', those 'chiefly employed in trade, manufacturers
or handicraft', and others. From 1841 onwards, information was gathered on
each person's occupation and this formed the basis for very detailed tables.
The 1841 occupational tables, used here, listed over 3,000 different occupational titles.
This was partly because no advance plans had been made for dealing with the enormous
range of job titles people gave, but by 1881 the more organised classification used
in the county level tables covered 414 categories.
When providing an overview of how economic activity has changed since 1841, we
are blending together very diverse data, so we use a simple seven-way classification.
In general, early census reports applied just one classification to occupations, which led to three separate issues getting mixed up: social status, what the individual worker did ("occupation"), and what their employer's business was ("industry"). Modern censuses have separate tables for each of these, and from 1931 onwards we mainly present data on industry. NB our 1841 data are geographically crude, which results in some districts in the same county having identical figures.
We hold these detailed statistics for Wantage, which we graph and tabulate here:
|Available datasets||Period covered||Variables
(number of categories)
|Persons of Working Age by Sex and 1921 Occupational Order||1921||
1921 Occupational Classification (31)
|Persons of Working Age by Sex and 1931 Occupational Order||1931||
1931 Occupational Classification (32)
|Persons of Working Age by Sex and 1951 Occupational Order||1951||
1951 Occupational Classification (28)
|Total employed in all industries||1921 to 1951||
Employed in all Industries
|Working age population by Sector||1921 to 1951||
Cambridge Group Industrial Sector
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