Censuses have been taken down the ages for many reasons, although many have been for taxation or military purposes and one should look under these and other similar topics. They started with the Domesday Book which only gives us a few names followed by others which at least give names of able bodied men, or heads of households. It should be noted that the majority of the names in the early ones are males.
The chronological list which follows will increase as information is located. When the national headcount was done on 10/Mar/1801, 27/May/1811, 28/May/1821 and 30/May/1831 (although not all had these exact dates) some villages produced more information (including names) and that which is known to survive is indicated. These items can mostly be found in the Norfolk Record Office. Please note that some of the items in the list are not true full national population censuses, but alternatives (mainly sub-sets of the population) to try and help fill the gaps. For example "Voting Lists" might help locate a person from 1700 onwards. Remember that people after appearing in some lists eg. Muster Rolls, found themselves taxed and so disappeared in others, not unlike the Poll and Council taxes.
Some namelists were produced for military purposes and these are fully listed under Norfolk Military Records.
|Beeston (with Bittering)||1801|
|Houghton next Harpley||1829||1832/4||Note 3|
|Norwich - |
St. John de Sepulchre
|Norwich - |
St. Peter Southgate
|Reepham with Kerdiston||1811|
|Shotesham All Saints||1736/7/9
|Shotesham St Mary||1736/7/9
|Shotesham St Martin||1763|
|Thorpe St Andrew|
(inc. Thorpe Hamlet)
|Wells - next - the - Sea||1793|
(Middle Ward only)
These contain mostly numbers and an enumerators name. "Y"=online.
The following parishes exist for the years stated but have not been transcribed :-
1821 - Sculthorpe
1831 - Guestwick
1831 - Norwich - St. Clement, St. George Colegate, St. John de Sepulchre and St. Peter Parmentergate
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