Family Research

Congleton Victorian Census Database

  • Do you want to know if members of your family lived in Congleton or the surrounding villages?
  • Do you want to know who was living in a particular street?
  • Do you want to know more about local trades and occupations?
  • Do you want to know who lived in a particular house?

If you want to know the answers to these or similar questions then our Victorian Census database could be the research tool you are looking for.

Using information from the 1831 to 1911 census records for Congleton and the surrounding townships, including Odd Rode and Church Lawton to the South, Brereton in the West and Bosley and North Rode to the north this easy to use data base could help you trace your family’s history or support your research into local history.

What can it do for you?

If you are looking to see if there were people with your family’s surnames living in Congleton the data base will give you a list of all the heads of household with that surname in the area for each census year. Here are all the families listed in the 1901 census with the name of Pointon.

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If the family you are looking for appears in the list you can then find out who was living at that address at the time the census was taken. This is the family of Catherine Pointon who were living at 30 Milk Street in 1901.

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You can find out approximately how long and where someone has been living in Congleton, for example Catherine Pointon was a resident of Milk Street, for the 20 years between 1901 and 1881, but lived at three different addresses during this period.

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Working in a Fustian Cutting Mill.

Using information such as the number, age, and place of birth and address of all those involved in a particular occupation it is possible to identify whether those employed in a particular trade or industry were either longstanding inhabitants of the town or migrant workers who had moved into the area to find work.

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It is also possible to look at the how individual families lived during this period. The 1911 census record for the Antrobus family of Eaton Hall, when compared with that of the Pointon family, suggests an opulent lifestyle supported by an extensive establishment of servants.

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eaton hallThe entrance to Eaton Hall, with Mr and Mrs Crawfurd Antrobus, circa 1919.

The Victorian Census Database will also allow you to search for information on the residents of individual townships outside the town. This example shows the residents of Brereton Road in Odd Rode.

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Now you have seen what it can do, why not become a member of Congleton Museum and search for your family history during this period?