Annual cause-of-death Statistics for Registration Districts in England and Wales, 1851-1910.

Table ID:
MORT_REG_EW     (61498)
Annual cause-of-death Statistics for Registration Districts in England and Wales, 1851-1910.
Approx. number of rows:
Table type:
Raw Data
Documentation Author:
Paul Ell
Reporting units are identified by:
   Registration County
   Registration District
   Registration District Number
   Suffix to Registration District Number
The data cover the period 1861 to 1901.
Dates and times are identified by:


  1. These data were transcribed from the Annual Reports of the Registrar General. The full report title for 1901, for example, is 'Sixty-Fourth Annual Report of the Registrar-General of Births, Deaths, and Marriages in England and Wales 1901.' This title is typical.
  2. These data cover England and Wales only.
  3. The printed table includes occasional notes on changes in registration district boundaries. These have not been computerised.
  4. CDDA digitised data represents a full computerisation of the numeric data contained in the printed table.


  1. The London data were added to the database as an aspect of our construction of a more detailed London GIS for the CMH project 'Death in the Metropolis, 1860-1920'.
  2. Remaining data were digitised by the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis at the Queen's University of Belfast.
  3. Data for London are available annually from 1860 to 1910. Data for the remainder of England and Wales are only available for 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, and 1901.
  4. The categories of mortality used by the Registrar General varied over the period covered, hence the columns containing actual data vary substantially according to the year of the report. Care should be taken to distinguish zero and null values. For details of the periods covered by each cause, see the notes on individual columns.
  5. Where possible, Graham Mooney attempted to combine causes which were in fact identical despite a change in name (e.g. Scarlatina and Scarlet Fever) CDDA followed the same approach.
  6. The original tables included neither the total population, which must be inserted from census statistics, or the total number of deaths.


  1. London data unknown; check with Graham Mooney. Data digitised by CDDA were checked by summing each cause of death (including 'All other causes' and comparing the figure with the total given for each district. It was not possible to check the 'Inquests' column and hence this was checked by sight.
  2. No matching to the AUO gazetteer has been attempted. These files have been altered to run on Postgres, but otherwise are exactly the same as they were on the oracle server. N.B. The London data does not load as there is an extra figure in the row for Kensington 1881, key 683. The original is required to identify the error.


We are extremely grateful to the following:

  1. Graham Mooney: The data for London Registration Districts for ALL years were supplied to the database by Graham Mooney. No limits have been placed on access.


IndexTypeColumn(s) indexed
mort_reg_ew_pkey Primary key rec_num


The table has the following associated constraints:

mort_reg_ew_pkey Primary Key See details above for primary key index

Columns within table:

year Integer number. Calendar year to which data relate.
reg_num Integer number. Number of Registration County.
dist_num Integer number. Number of Registration District.
reg_dist Text string (max.len.=104). Name of Registration District to which data relate.
reg_cnty Text string (max.len.=34). Name of Registration County containing the district.
reg_sfx Text string (max.len.=5). Suffix to number of Registration District.
area Integer number. Area in Statue Acres.
avg_ann Integer number. Average annual rate of mortality from All Causes to 1000 persons living, 1851-60.
pop Integer number. Total Population.
stdpop Integer number. Standardised population. Only for data provided by Graham Mooney
total Integer number. Total number of deaths. (Listed for 1860-End).
enteric Integer number. Enteric Or Typhoid Fever (Listed for 1869-1900).
entericb Integer number. Enteric Fever (Listed for 1901-End).
smallpox Integer number. Smallpox (Listed for 1860-End).
measles Integer number. Measles (Listed for 1860-End).
sca Integer number. Scarlatina/Scarlet Fever (Changed name from Scarlatina to Scarlet Fever in 1869). (Listed for 1860-End).
whoo Integer number. Whooping Cough (Listed for 1860-End).
dip Integer number. Diphtheria (Listed for 1860-End).
influ Integer number. Influenza (Listed for 1860-1880).
influb Integer number. Influenza (Listed for 1901-End).
phth Integer number. Phthisis (Originally named Phthisis and Consumption, changed to Phthisis in 1881, and To Pulmonary TB, Phthisis in 1901). (Listed for 1860-End).
tubmen Integer number. Tuberculous Meningitis (Listed for 1901-End).
othertb Integer number. Other Tb and Scrofulous Diseases (named All Other TB Diseases from 1901) (Listed for 1881-End).
cancer Integer number. Cancer (Named Cancer) (Listed for 1881-End).
rheum Integer number. Rheumatic Fever, Rheumatism Of The Heart (Listed for 1901-End).
bron Integer number. Bronchitis (Listed for 1901-End).
pneum Integer number. Pneumonia (Listed for 1901-End).
inq Integer number. Inquests (Listed for 1870-1910).
disnerv Integer number. Diseases Of Nervous System (Listed for 1881-1900).
discirc Integer number. Diseases Of Circulatory System (Listed for 1881-1900).
disresp Integer number. Diseases Of The Respiratory System (Listed for 1860-1900).
disdig Integer number. Diseases Of Digestive System (Listed for 1881-1900).
disurin Integer number. Diseases Of Urinary System (Listed for 1881-1900).
disgen Integer number. Diseases Of Generative System (Listed for 1881-1900).
puer Integer number. Puerperal Fever (Listed for 1881-1900).
erysip Integer number. Erysipelas (Listed for 1860-1880).
metria Integer number. Metria Or Puerperal Fever (Listed for 1860-1880).
dys Integer number. Dysentery (Combined with Diarrhoea from 1881) (Listed for 1860-1880).
diar Integer number. Diarrhoea (Combined with Dysentery from 1881) (Listed for 1860-1880).
typhusf Integer number. Typhus Fever (Listed for 1869-1900).
typhus Integer number. Typhus (Split into Typhus Fever, Enteric or Typhoid Fever and Simple Continued Fever from 1869) (Listed for 1860-1868).
typhusb Integer number. Typhus (Listed for 1901-1910).
simple Integer number. Simple Continued Fever (Listed for 1869-1900).
cholera Integer number. Cholera (Listed for 1860-1900).
birth Integer number. Childbirth (Listed for 1860-1900).
pyrexia Integer number. Pyrexia, Of Uncertain Origin (Listed for 1901-1910).
phthoth Integer number. Phthisis, Not Otherwise Defined (Listed for 1901-1910).
tubper Integer number. Tuberculous Peritonitis (Listed for 1901-1910).
tabes Integer number. Tabes Mesenterica (Listed for 1901-1910).
diar_dys Integer number. Diarrhoea and Dysentery (Listed for 1881-1910).
septic Integer number. Septic Diseases (Not Puerperal) (Listed for 1901-1910).
birthb Integer number. Child birth and Puerperal Septic Diseases (Listed for 1901-1910).
viol Integer number. Violence (Listed for 1881-1910).
other Integer number. Other Causes (Listed for 1881-1910).
key Integer number. Unique sequence number.
notes Text string (max.len.=304). Notes either taken from the original table or added during digitisation.
rec_num Integer number. Unique number identifying row in table.