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Piece - this is the collection of books filled in by the census enumerator. They will cover a particular district.
Folio - this is the number that was stamped on each individual sheet of the enumerator’s books. If the person stamping the folio number lost concentration then they may have missed a page or stamped the same number twice on two consecutive pages.
Page number - this is the page number of the enumerator’s book.
The 1861 census for England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday the 7th April 1861.
The total population was declared to be 20,066,000.
In London the first horse drawn trams began appearing on the streets. It is also the year the book Mrs Beeton's Household Management was published as a guide to running a Victorian household. It gave advice on childcare, managing servants and also contained over 900 recipes. You can see Isabella Beeton living with her husband Samuel, a publisher, in Hatch End in 1861.
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