1881 Census of England and Wales, Tables: Ages, Condition as to Marriage, Occupations and Birthplaces of people, Table 10 : " Occupations of Males and Females in the Division and its Registration Counties".

List Wharfedale PLU/RegD Otley SubD
OCCUPATIONS. Males.
[1]
Females.
[2]
1. PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE GENERAL OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF THE COUNTRY. 34 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Civil Service (officers and clerks) 4 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Civil Service (messengers, &c.) 9 Show data context -
  Police 11 Show data context -
  Municipal, Parish, Union, District, Officer 5 Show data context -
  Other Local or County Official 4 Show data context -
  East Indian and Colonial Service 1 Show data context -
2. PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE DEFENCE OF THE COUNTRY. 11 Show data context -
  Army Officer (effective/retired) 5 Show data context -
  Soldier and Non-commissioned officer 1 Show data context -
  Militia, Yeomanry, Volunteers 2 Show data context -
  Army Pensioner 3 Show data context -
3. PERSONS ENGAGED IN PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATIONS (WITH THEIR IMMEDIATE SUBORDINATES). 171 Show data context 148 Show data context
  Clergymen (Established Church) 10 Show data context -
  Roman Catholic Priest 2 Show data context -
  Minister, Priest of other religious bodies 11 Show data context -
  Theological Student 2 Show data context -
  Church, chapel, cemetery - officer, servant 4 Show data context -
  Barrister, Solicitor 21 Show data context -
  Law Clerk, and others connected with the law 16 Show data context -
  Physician, Surgeon, General Practitioner 10 Show data context -
  Dentist 4 Show data context -
  Medical Student, Assistant 5 Show data context -
  Midwife - 1 Show data context
  Subordinate Medical Service - 32 Show data context
  Schoolmaster 32 Show data context 81 Show data context
  Teacher, Professor, Lecturer 2 Show data context 19 Show data context
  School Service, and others connected with teaching 2 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Author, Editor, Journalist 3 Show data context -
  Reporter, Short-hand Writer 2 Show data context -
  Civil Engineer 2 Show data context -
  Mining Engineer 2 Show data context -
  Land, House, Ship, Surveyor 3 Show data context -
  Painter (artist) 4 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Architect 13 Show data context -
  Musician, Music Master 6 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Art Student 2 Show data context -
  Photographer 6 Show data context -
  Actor 6 Show data context 7 Show data context
  Billiard, Cricket & other Games, Service 1 Show data context -
4. PERSONS ENGAGED IN DOMESTIC OFFICES OR SERVICES. 131 Show data context 946 Show data context
  Domestic Coachman, Groom 46 Show data context -
  Domestic Gardener 19 Show data context -
  Domestic Indoor Servant 33 Show data context 865 Show data context
  Inn, Hotel Servant 19 Show data context 5 Show data context
  College, Club Service 1 Show data context -
  Charwoman - 23 Show data context
  Washing and Bathing Service 11 Show data context 48 Show data context
  Hospital and Institution Service 1 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Others engaged in Service 1 Show data context -
5. PERSONS ENGAGED IN COMMERCIAL OCCUPATIONS. 152 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Merchant 9 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Broker, Agent, Factor 16 Show data context -
  Auctioneer, Appraiser, Valuer, House Agent 4 Show data context -
  Accountant 11 Show data context -
  Salesman, Buyer (not otherwise specified) 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Commercial Traveller 23 Show data context -
  Commercial Clerk 61 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Banker 1 Show data context -
  Bank Service 17 Show data context -
  Bill Discounter, Bill Broker, Finance Agent 2 Show data context -
  Life, House, Ship &c., Insurance Service 7 Show data context -
6. PERSONS ENGAGED IN CONVEYANCE OF MEN, GOODS, AND MESSAGES. 129 Show data context -
  Railway Engine Driver, Stoker 7 Show data context -
  Railway Guard 6 Show data context -
  Pointsman, Level Crossing Man 3 Show data context -
  Other Railway Officials and Servants 45 Show data context -
  Omnibus, Coach, Cab, Owner - Livery Stable Keeper 6 Show data context -
  Cabman, Flyman, Coachman (not domestic) 21 Show data context -
  Carman, Carrier, Carter, Haulier 24 Show data context -
  Seaman (Merchant Service) 1 Show data context -
  Warehouseman (not Manchester) 3 Show data context -
  Messenger, Porter, Watchman (not Railway or Government) 13 Show data context -
7. PERSONS ENGAGED IN AGRICULTURE. 481 Show data context 13 Show data context
  Farmer, Grazier 137 Show data context 9 Show data context
  Farmer's, Grazier's - Son, Grandson, Brother, Nephew 47 Show data context -
  Farm Bailiff 5 Show data context -
  Agricultural Labourer, Farm Servant, Cottager 198 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Woodman 1 Show data context -
  Nurseryman, Seedsman, Florist 2 Show data context -
  Gardener (not domestic) 91 Show data context -
8. PERSONS ENGAGED ABOUT ANIMALS. 35 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Groom, Horse-keeper, Horse-breaker 10 Show data context -
  Veterinary Surgeon, Farrier 1 Show data context -
  Cattle, Sheep, Pig - Dealer, Salesman 10 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Gamekeeper 14 Show data context -
9. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN BOOKS, PRINTS, AND MAPS. 96 Show data context 26 Show data context
  Publisher, Bookseller, Librarian 5 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Bookbinder 15 Show data context 22 Show data context
  Printer 74 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Newspaper Agent, News Room Keeper 1 Show data context -
  Lithographer, Lithographic Printer 1 Show data context -
10. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN MACHINES AND IMPLEMENTS. 321 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Engine, Machine Maker 107 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Millwright 1 Show data context -
  Fitter, Turner (Engine and Machine) 180 Show data context -
  Spinning and Weaving Machine Maker 10 Show data context -
  Cutler, Scissors Maker 1 Show data context -
  Saw Maker 1 Show data context -
  Watch Maker, Clock Maker 8 Show data context -
  Weighing and Measuring Apparatus Maker 1 Show data context -
  Musical Instrument Maker, Dealer 12 Show data context -
11. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN HOUSES, FURNITURE, AND DECORATIONS. 494 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Builder 17 Show data context -
  Carpenter, Joiner 151 Show data context -
  Bricklayer 10 Show data context -
  Mason 166 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Slater, Tiler 12 Show data context -
  Plasterer, Whitewasher 26 Show data context -
  Plumber 40 Show data context -
  Painter, Glazier 48 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Cabinet Maker 18 Show data context -
  French Polisher 2 Show data context -
  Furniture Broker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Gas Fitter 2 Show data context -
  Carver, Gilder 1 Show data context -
12. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN CARRIAGES AND HARNESS. 33 Show data context -
  Coachmaker 6 Show data context -
  Wheelwright 13 Show data context -
  Others 1 Show data context -
  Saddler, Harness, Whip Maker 13 Show data context -
14. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN CHEMICALS AND COMPOUNDS. 15 Show data context -
  Chemist, Druggist 14 Show data context -
  Drysalter 1 Show data context -
15. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN TOBACCO AND PIPES. 5 Show data context -
  Tobacco Manufacture, Tobacconist 5 Show data context -
16. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN FOOD AND LODGING. 293 Show data context 65 Show data context
  Innkeeper, Hotel Keeper, Publican 30 Show data context 7 Show data context
  Lodging, Boarding House Keeper 7 Show data context 22 Show data context
  Coffee, Eating House, Keeper 5 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Hop - Merchant, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Maltster 2 Show data context -
  Brewer 15 Show data context -
  Beerseller, Ale, Porter, Cider Dealer 9 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Wine, Spirit - Merchant, Agent 7 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Milkseller, Dairyman 13 Show data context -
  Butcher, Meat Salesman 65 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Provision Curer, Dealer 4 Show data context -
  Fishmonger 2 Show data context -
  Corn, Flour, Seed Merchant, Dealer 5 Show data context -
  Corn Miller 18 Show data context -
  Baker 2 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Confectioner, Pastrycook 3 Show data context 12 Show data context
  Greengrocer, Fruiterer 18 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Mustard, Vinegar, Spice, Pickle Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Grocer. Tea, Coffee, Chocolate Maker, Dealer 83 Show data context 15 Show data context
  Ginger Beer, Mineral Water Manufacturer, Dealer 2 Show data context -
17. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN TEXTILE FABRICS. 458 Show data context 448 Show data context
  Woolstapler 14 Show data context -
  Woollen Cloth Manufacture 34 Show data context 9 Show data context
  Worsted, Stuff, Manufacture 271 Show data context 396 Show data context
  Blanket Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Cloth, Worsted, Stuff, Flannel, Blanket Dealer 39 Show data context -
  Silk, Silk Goods, Manufacture 4 Show data context -
  Cotton, Cotton Goods Manufacture 19 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Cotton, Calico - Warehouseman, Dealer - 1 Show data context
  Flax, Linen - Manufacturer, Dealer 18 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Rope, Twine, Cord - Maker, Dealer 6 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Weaver (undefined) 2 Show data context 10 Show data context
  Dyer, Printer, Scourer, Bleacher, Calenderer (undefined) 11 Show data context -
  Factory Hand (textile, undefined) 6 Show data context 10 Show data context
  Carpet, Rug Manufacture 2 Show data context -
  Manchester Warehouseman 1 Show data context -
  Draper, Linen Draper, Mercer 30 Show data context 9 Show data context
  Fancy Goods (Textile) Manufacturer, Worker, Dealer - 2 Show data context
18. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN DRESS. 153 Show data context 194 Show data context
  Tailor 63 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Milliner, Dressmaker, Staymaker 4 Show data context 186 Show data context
  Shirt Maker, Seamstress - 5 Show data context
  Hosier, Haberdasher 2 Show data context -
  Shoe, Boot - Maker, Dealer 64 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Patten, Clog Maker 10 Show data context -
  Wig Maker, Hair Dresser 9 Show data context -
  Umbrella, Parasol, Stick - Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
19. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS ANIMAL SUBSTANCES. 213 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Tallow Chandler, Candle, Grease Manufacture 6 Show data context -
  Bone, Horn, Ivory, Tortoise-shell - Worker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Furrier, Skinner 14 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Tanner, Fellmonger 42 Show data context -
  Currier 149 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Leather Goods, Portmanteau, Bag, Strap &c., Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Brush, Broom, Maker - 1 Show data context
20. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS VEGETABLE SUBSTANCES. 48 Show data context 18 Show data context
  Oil Miller, Oil Cake - Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Willow, Cane, Rush Worker, Dealer, Basketmaker 3 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Timber, Wood - Merchant, Dealer 4 Show data context -
  Wood Turner, Box Maker 13 Show data context -
  Cooper, Hoop Maker, Bender 1 Show data context -
  Paper Manufacture 17 Show data context 10 Show data context
  Stationer, Law Stationer 9 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Others - 4 Show data context
21. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS MINERAL SUBSTANCES. 378 Show data context 6 Show data context
  Coal Miner 4 Show data context -
  Ironstone Miner 1 Show data context -
  Coal Merchant 24 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Coalheaver 3 Show data context -
  Gas Works Service 12 Show data context -
  Stone Quarrier 49 Show data context -
  Stone Cutter, Dresser, Dealer 6 Show data context -
  Brick, Tile - Maker, Burner, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Paviour 1 Show data context -
  Road Contractor, Surveyor, Inspector 1 Show data context -
  Road Labourer 4 Show data context -
  Platelayer 18 Show data context -
  Railway Labourer, Navvy 8 Show data context -
  Earthenware, China, Porcelain, Manufacture 2 Show data context -
  Glass Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Earthenware, China, Glass Dealer 2 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Goldsmith, Silversmith, Jeweller 7 Show data context 3 Show data context
  [Iron Manufacture] 130 Show data context -
  Blacksmith 46 Show data context -
  Whitesmith 20 Show data context -
  Nail Manufacture - 1 Show data context
  Ironmonger. Hardware Dealer, Merchant 20 Show data context -
  Tin, Tin Plate, Tin Goods - Manufacturer, Worker, Dealer 14 Show data context -
  Brass, Bronze Manufacture. Brazier 3 Show data context -
22. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN GENERAL OR UNSPECIFIED COMMODITIES. 224 Show data context 35 Show data context
  General Shopkeeper, Dealer 6 Show data context 8 Show data context
  Pawnbroker 1 Show data context -
  Costermonger, Huckster, Street Seller 20 Show data context 11 Show data context
  Manufacturer, Manager, Superintendant (undefined) 6 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Contractor (undefined) 2 Show data context -
  General Labourer 140 Show data context -
  Engine Driver, Stoker, Fireman (not railway, marine or agricultural) 21 Show data context -
  Artizan, Mechanic (undefined) 17 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Apprentice (undefined) 1 Show data context -
  Factory Labourer (undefined) 8 Show data context 12 Show data context
  Machinist, Machine Worker (undefined) 2 Show data context -
23. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN REFUSE MATTERS. 7 Show data context -
  Town Drainage Service 1 Show data context -
  Chimney Sweep, Soot Merchant 3 Show data context -
  Rag Gatherer, Dealer 3 Show data context -
24. PERSONS WITHOUT SPECIFIED OCCUPATIONS. 58 Show data context 304 Show data context
  Persons returned by Property, Rank &c. and not special occupation 58 Show data context 304 Show data context
[UNKNOWN OCCUPATION] 108 Show data context 2,793 Show data context
  [Occupation recorded but of unknown meaning] - 1 Show data context
  [Blank field, or illegible] 108 Show data context 2,792 Show data context

Notes:

The following notes to the table appeared in the original report.

1 This table is a very special case: The original Table 10 as published by Division in the 1881 census reports was limited to data for Registration Divisions, their component Registration Counties, and just those Urban Sanitary Districts with populations of over 50,000. Data presented here for counties and higher-level units are taken from the published reports, as usual, but we also include in A Vision of Britain through Time data for Registration Districts, sub-Districts and Civil Parishes which never appeared in the original reports. These were specially created for us by the History Data Service at the University of Essex and derive from the complete transcription of the individual-level Enumerators Book data coordinated by the Genealogical Society of Utah.
2 In creating these data, each occupation listed in the enumerators books has been assigned as far as possible to the relevant category used in the published reports, but some additional categories with labels in square brackets unavoidably appear. Unlike the published statistics for higher-level units, these specially-calculated data for districts and parishes include persons under 15 or over 65. For these and other reasons, no attempt has been made to ensure that county totals for the districts or parishes match the published county totals. The remaining notes are those that appeared below the original published table.
3 NOTE.--Persons returned as engaged in more than one occupation have been referred to the one that appeared to be of most importance; or if there was no difference in this respect, to the one first given by the person in his or her return. In some cases special rules have been followed: e.g. "Clergyman and Schoolmaster" in combination has always been referred to "Schoolmaster"; a Member of Parliament or Peer engaged in any branch of commerce or industry has always been referred to this latter, not to "Peer, M.P.".
4 The numbers returned under any heading include Labourers, Apprentices, and Assistants, as well as Masters, but not Clerks, Messengers, Errand boys, Porters, or Watchmen, for which occupations there are special headings. Civil, Military, and Naval Clerks, Law, Bank, Insurance, and Railway Clerks, and Government and Railway Porters, are, however, exceptions to this rule. Many young persons, being Apprentices or Assistants, have therefore been referred to occupations usually followed by adults. Women also, chiefly widows or orphans carrying on the business of their deceased husbands or fathers, will sometimes be found under occupations commonly followed by men only.
5 Persons returned as retired from any business have not been referred to that business. Inmates of workhouses have been referred to their trades, unless their age or infirmities showed that they were past work. But persons who might be supposed to be only temporarily separated from their usual employment, such as Prisoners, and Patients in General Hospitals, have been classed under their usual occupations.
6 In some cases, for convenience of space, the male designation, e.g. "Schoolmaster", alone is given, instead of "Schoolmaster, Schoolmistress".

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