Basic land use categories, as reported by the Agricultural Census

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Year Farmland Rough Grazings Woods Orchards Market Gardens Nursery Grounds
1871 30,838,567 Show data context 2,175,471 Show data context 206,583 Show data context
1877 31,711,413 Show data context 2,187,078 Show data context 163,290 Show data context 37,849 Show data context 11,952 Show data context
1885 32,544,418 Show data context
1901 32,417,445 Show data context 12,969,606 Show data context 2,726,116 Show data context 234,660 Show data context
1931 29,915,520 Show data context 14,813,294 Show data context
1961 28,702,268 Show data context 17,395,961 Show data context 227,981 Show data context
Date: Source:
1871 - 1961 Great Britain Historical GIS Project
1931 Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland, Scottish Agricultural Statistics (HM Stationery Office) ,

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The Agricultural Census was not primarily a land use survey, but it did record the total farmed area, apparently excluding rough grazings, and for some dates it also recorded other categories including the area of rough grazings and the area of woodlands. In some cases, as with orchards, the acreages seem to be included within the overall farmed area, while woodlands are always separate.

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Date accessed: 02nd December 2020