Bolton Library and Museum Services

Census returns

Censuses in England and Wales have been taken every ten years since 1801. The detailed returns are confidential for a full 100 years. Our collection consists of copies of the original enumerators’ returns for the whole of the Bolton area for the years 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891.

The only returns held which pre-date 1841 are those for the township of Great Bolton (Bolton Town Centre south of the River Croal). These pre-1841 returns contain much less information than the later records and the name only of the head of household is given.

In addition to the returns for the Bolton area, we also have copies of the Census Returns for the whole of England and Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, for 1881, with alphabetical indexes of surnames. These 1881 returns and also the local ones for 1891 and 1901 are on microfiche; all other returns are available on microfilm.

Original Census Returns are arranged in district and street order. Street indexes are available in the Bolton History Centre for all the local returns. In addition, alphabetical surname indexes have been made for some returns, including all the returns for 1881.

We also hold, on CD-Rom, a Surname index to the 1891 census for Bolton and the 1851 census indexes for the counties of Devon, Norfolk and Warwick.

NB: ‘Local’ townships are shown in bold type.


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Adlington (Lancs) 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Ainsworth 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891
Anderton 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Anglezarke 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Ashworth 1841 1881
Aspull 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Astley Bridge 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901

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Bamford 1841 1881*
Belmont 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Birtle 1841 1881
Blackrod 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Bolton see Great Bolton and Little Bolton
Bradshaw 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Breightmet 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901

Brindle 1851 1881
Bury 1841 1881

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Clayton-le-Woods 1851 1881
Clifton (Eccles Parish) 1881 1891 1901
Cuerden 1851 1881

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Darcy Lever 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Deane (Rumworth) 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901

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Edenfield 1841 1881
Edgworth 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Elton 1841 1881 1891
Entwistle 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Euxton 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891

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Farnworth (Deane Parish) 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901

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Great Bolton 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Great Lever 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901

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Haigh 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Halliwell 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Harwood 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Haulgh 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901

Heap 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891
Heath Charnock 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Heaton (Deane Parish) 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Heywood 1841 1881
Hoghton 1851 1881
Holcombe 1851 1881
Hopwood 1841 1881
Horwich 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901

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Kearsley 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901

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Leyland 1851 1881
Little Bolton 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Little Hulton 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Little Lever 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Longworth 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Lostock (Bolton Parish) 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901

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Middle Hulton 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Middleton 1841 1881

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Outwood 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Over Hulton 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901

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Parbold 1851 1881
Pilkington 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Pilsworth 1841 1881
Prestolee 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Prestwich 1841 1881

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Quarlton 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901

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Ramsbottom 1841 1881
Ringley 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Rivington 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901

Royton 1841 1881
Rumworth 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901

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Sharples 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Shevington 1851 1881
Shuttleworth 1841 1881
Smithills 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Standish 1851 1881

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Thornham 1841 1881
Tonge-with-Haulgh (Bolton Parish) 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Tonge (Prestwich Parish) 1841 1881
Tottington Higher End 1841 1881
Tottington Lower End 1841 1881
Turton 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901

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Unsworth 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901

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Walmersley (Bury Parish) 1841 1881
Walmsley (Bolton Parish) 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Westhoughton 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901

Wheelton 1851 1881
Whitefield 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Withnell 1851 1881
Whittle-le-Woods 1851 1881
Worsley 1881 1891 1901
Worthington 1851 1881
Wrightington 1851 1881

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