Asidelines: Secrets of the census revealed

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CENSUS week, and while most of us will probably be filling out our forms as quickly and vaguely as possible, the survey it seems was taken a little more seriously back in the 19th century.

So serious, indeed, that in 1851 one Sheffield gentleman, of Ecclesfield, was answering his questions just hours after his wife had given birth

Their census shows the household’s newcomer was so recent she had not yet been given a name. The baby was recorded simply as “------ Clarke, Dau[ghte]r”

The unusual entry was found by Cheryl Bailey, senior archivist at Sheffield Archives, who has been studying previous city censuses to mark this year’s bout of form-filling.

Another feature of the early surveys was the inclusion of “people not in homes”.

In one 1841 census from the city one fellow is described as Peter Irishman, occupation vagrant, from Ireland. His proper surname is not known, it is noted.

All censuses from Sheffield are available on microfilm at Sheffield Local Studies Library and the city’s Archives.

Boy band boost

THEY are the boy band who regularly have school girls screaming their names.

Now the lads from JLS - that’s Marvin, JB, Oritse and Aston for those not in the loop - have offered their own vocal support to a school prom show in aid of South Yorkshire dementia charity Lost Chord.

“You’re never too young to support a cause like this,” they said - before adding they couldn’t actually attend the event.

Takes place Sunday at Hellaby Hall Hotel, Rotherham, 11am - 5pm.