With the exception of 2001, these data have been created for Vision of Britain by re-districting statistics originally reported for other units. We have also had to deal with variations in the categories and classifications used in statistical reporting over the years.
- 1851: The data are taken from the table 'Number of Places of Worship, Sittings and Attendants connected with the various Religious Bodies in England and Wales arranged in Registration Districts, or Poor Law Unions' in Census of Great Britain. Religious Worship. England and Wales. Report and Tables, BPP 1852-3 [C.1690] LXXXIX, 1-. We have a full transcription of this report prepared by Dr. Paul Ell of the Queens' University, Belfast. The data are in fact a count of 'attendances', so if someone attended the morning, afternoon and evening services they would have been counted three times. The information presented here is further simplified by concentrating on the main Christian groups. 34 groups in all were listed, including the 'Campbellites' and the 'Glassites'. We have merged the 'Wesleyan Methodist Association' and the 'Wesleyan Methodist Original Connexion' into 'Wesleyan Methodist'. One non-Christian place of worship does appear in the 1851 data, but this was a single Jewish synagogue in Edinburgh.
- 2001: The data are taken from table KS07 'Religion: Census 2001, Key Statistics for local Authorities', covering all people.