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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 1871 census for England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday the 2nd April 1871.
The total population was declared to be 22,723,000.
In 1871 Parliament passed the Bank Holidays Act giving England, Wales and Ireland four Bank Holidays (five in Scotland). Also, Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll was published. Lewis Carroll was the pseudonym used by Charles Dodgson. In 1871 he is living at the University of Oxford and is the deacon of the Church of Christchurch.
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