henleycensus.info has been created by members of the Henley Census Group who have transcribed the data from copies of the original Enumerators' books. As local residents, the transcribers know the area of Henley and the surrounding villages. The area covered is shown on the map left. They tended to work on certain streets of an enumeration district over the complete range of census years. The 1841 renumeration districts were largely retained until major changes were made for 1901, except for the southern district which was divided and divided again as it's population grew. As a consequence they became familiar with individual enumerator's handwriting and with local Henley families and we believe that the data collected is the most reliable source of data for Henley family and social history research.
The Group has transcribed the so-called "Victorian Censuses" from 1841-1901 inclusive, all the years that were available when the project started. During the project the 1911 census data became available but this has been transcribed for the Henley Union Workhouse only in response to a specific request. The methods used in the 1911 census changed significantly: in particular, the original schedules completed by the householder were retained and not copied to enumerators' books.
The transcribers felt that, having achieved the initial objective of transcibing the data, they needed a break and time to check, correct where necessary, categorize the declared occupations and analyze the data.
This has taken far longer than expected, but finally the data can be made available to a wider public. In particular, the occupation data has finally been satisfactorily categorized and we can identify the "butchers, bakers and candlestick makers". The growth of Henley from 1881 to 1901 is evident, the number of buildings increasing by 40%, almost entirely in the "southern suburbs" in the parish of Rotherfield Greys whilst there was almost no growth in the working population. Explore the social history pages for more information. Topics covered include the population and its age distribution, the popularity of christian names, school attendance, what people did and where they came from.
The database is a valuable resource for family and social historians. We have provided Valerie Alesia with information relating to the Henley Workhouse for her soon to be published book.
An article was prepared for inclusion in Journal No. 28, December 2014 published by the Henley-on-Thames Archaeological and Historical Group devoted to the buildings and people of the North side of Friday Street. The limitations of a black and white printed document and size constraints led to the decision to include a short introduction in the Journal whilst making the full document available on this website as a Social Study.See: http://www.henleycensus.info/friday_street_north.php
If you have a particular project and need help to obtain the data, please contact us.
The group that completed the transcription of the 1841 - 1901 censuses and the creation of the database have started to transcribe the 1911 census. There is an opportunity for two people to join this project, working on the two enumeration districts covering the area south of St Marks Road. If you would like to participate please email .