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 Bristol Inc/RegD Bristol Temple CP/AP  
OCCUPATIONS. Males.
[1]
Females.
[2]
1. PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE GENERAL OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF THE COUNTRY. 4 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Civil Service (officers and clerks) - 2 Show data context
  Civil Service (messengers, &c.) 3 Show data context -
  Other Local or County Official 1 Show data context -
2. PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE DEFENCE OF THE COUNTRY. 6 Show data context -
  Army Officer (effective/retired) 1 Show data context -
  Soldier and Non-commissioned officer 3 Show data context -
  Seaman, R.N. 1 Show data context -
  Navy Pensioner 1 Show data context -
3. PERSONS ENGAGED IN PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATIONS (WITH THEIR IMMEDIATE SUBORDINATES). 4 Show data context 7 Show data context
  Church, chapel, cemetery - officer, servant 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Subordinate Medical Service - 1 Show data context
  Schoolmaster 1 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Teacher, Professor, Lecturer - 1 Show data context
  School Service, and others connected with teaching 1 Show data context -
  Engraver (artist) 1 Show data context -
  Actor - 1 Show data context
4. PERSONS ENGAGED IN DOMESTIC OFFICES OR SERVICES. 22 Show data context 194 Show data context
  Domestic Coachman, Groom 6 Show data context -
  Domestic Gardener 1 Show data context -
  Domestic Indoor Servant 1 Show data context 109 Show data context
  Inn, Hotel Servant 13 Show data context 9 Show data context
  Cook (not domestic) - 2 Show data context
  Charwoman - 41 Show data context
  Washing and Bathing Service - 30 Show data context
  Hospital and Institution Service 1 Show data context 3 Show data context
5. PERSONS ENGAGED IN COMMERCIAL OCCUPATIONS. 40 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Salesman, Buyer (not otherwise specified) - 1 Show data context
  Commercial Traveller 15 Show data context -
  Commercial Clerk 23 Show data context -
  Life, House, Ship &c., Insurance Service 2 Show data context -
6. PERSONS ENGAGED IN CONVEYANCE OF MEN, GOODS, AND MESSAGES. 114 Show data context -
  Railway Engine Driver, Stoker 2 Show data context -
  Railway Guard 1 Show data context -
  Other Railway Officials and Servants 5 Show data context -
  Cabman, Flyman, Coachman (not domestic) 2 Show data context -
  Carman, Carrier, Carter, Haulier 28 Show data context -
  Tramway Companies' Service 2 Show data context -
  Inland Navigation Service 1 Show data context -
  Bargeman, Lighterman, Waterman 3 Show data context -
  Navigation Service (on shore) 2 Show data context -
  Seaman (Merchant Service) 12 Show data context -
  Harbour, Dock, Wharf, Lighthouse Service 13 Show data context -
  Warehouseman (not Manchester) 7 Show data context -
  Messenger, Porter, Watchman (not Railway or Government) 36 Show data context -
7. PERSONS ENGAGED IN AGRICULTURE. 2 Show data context -
  Farmer, Grazier 1 Show data context -
  Agricultural Labourer, Farm Servant, Cottager 1 Show data context -
8. PERSONS ENGAGED ABOUT ANIMALS. 18 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Groom, Horse-keeper, Horse-breaker 9 Show data context -
  Veterinary Surgeon, Farrier 3 Show data context -
  Drover 3 Show data context -
  Dog, Bird, Animal - Keeper, Dealer 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Fisherman 2 Show data context -
9. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN BOOKS, PRINTS, AND MAPS. 29 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Bookbinder 1 Show data context 4 Show data context
  Printer 20 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Newspaper Agent, News Room Keeper 4 Show data context -
  Lithographer, Lithographic Printer 4 Show data context -
10. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN MACHINES AND IMPLEMENTS. 18 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Engine, Machine Maker 5 Show data context -
  Fitter, Turner (Engine and Machine) 7 Show data context -
  Boiler Maker 1 Show data context -
  Tool Maker, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Cutler, Scissors Maker 2 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Watch Maker, Clock Maker 1 Show data context -
  Surgical Instrument Maker - 1 Show data context
11. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN HOUSES, FURNITURE, AND DECORATIONS. 82 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Carpenter, Joiner 20 Show data context -
  Bricklayer 4 Show data context -
  Mason 15 Show data context -
  Plasterer, Whitewasher 5 Show data context -
  Plumber 4 Show data context -
  Painter, Glazier 13 Show data context -
  Cabinet Maker 13 Show data context 1 Show data context
  French Polisher 2 Show data context -
  Furniture Broker, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Locksmith, Bellhanger 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. 17 Show data context -
  Coachmaker 8 Show data context -
  Railway Carriage, Railway Wagon, Maker 1 Show data context -
  Wheelwright 4 Show data context -
  Saddler, Harness, Whip Maker 4 Show data context -
13. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN SHIPS AND BOATS. 4 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Ship, Boat, Barge Builder 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Shipwright, Ship Carpenter (ashore) 2 Show data context -
  Sail Maker 1 Show data context -
14. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN CHEMICALS AND COMPOUNDS. 3 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Dye, Paint Manufacture 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Chemist, Druggist 2 Show data context -
15. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN TOBACCO AND PIPES. 7 Show data context 25 Show data context
  Tobacco Manufacture, Tobacconist 5 Show data context 18 Show data context
  Tobacco Pipe, Snuff Box &c. Maker 2 Show data context 7 Show data context
16. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN FOOD AND LODGING. 79 Show data context 32 Show data context
  Innkeeper, Hotel Keeper, Publican 11 Show data context 6 Show data context
  Lodging, Boarding House Keeper 1 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Coffee, Eating House, Keeper 3 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Maltster 1 Show data context -
  Brewer 4 Show data context -
  Beerseller, Ale, Porter, Cider Dealer 4 Show data context -
  Cellarman 1 Show data context -
  Milkseller, Dairyman - 1 Show data context
  Butcher, Meat Salesman 13 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Provision Curer, Dealer 3 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Fishmonger 5 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Corn, Flour, Seed Merchant, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Corn Miller 2 Show data context -
  Baker 13 Show data context -
  Confectioner, Pastrycook 5 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Greengrocer, Fruiterer 2 Show data context 2 Show data context
  Sugar Refiner 4 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Grocer. Tea, Coffee, Chocolate Maker, Dealer 6 Show data context 5 Show data context
17. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN TEXTILE FABRICS. 5 Show data context 8 Show data context
  Woollen Cloth Manufacture - 1 Show data context
  Worsted, Stuff, Manufacture - 1 Show data context
  Sacking, Sack, Bag - Maker, Dealer - 4 Show data context
  Dyer, Printer, Scourer, Bleacher, Calenderer (undefined) 1 Show data context -
  Draper, Linen Draper, Mercer 4 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Others - 1 Show data context
18. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN DRESS. 36 Show data context 174 Show data context
  Hatter, Hat Manufacture - 4 Show data context
  Tailor 11 Show data context 81 Show data context
  Milliner, Dressmaker, Staymaker - 49 Show data context
  Shirt Maker, Seamstress - 11 Show data context
  Hosiery Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Shoe, Boot - Maker, Dealer 22 Show data context 28 Show data context
  Wig Maker, Hair Dresser 1 Show data context -
  Umbrella, Parasol, Stick - Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
19. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS ANIMAL SUBSTANCES. 8 Show data context 3 Show data context
  Tallow Chandler, Candle, Grease Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Bone, Horn, Ivory, Tortoise-shell - Worker, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Others 2 Show data context -
  Currier 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Brush, Broom, Maker 2 Show data context 2 Show data context
20. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS VEGETABLE SUBSTANCES. 31 Show data context 41 Show data context
  Oil Miller, Oil Cake - Maker, Dealer 1 Show data context -
  Floor Cloth, Oil Cloth Manufacture 1 Show data context -
  Willow, Cane, Rush Worker, Dealer, Basketmaker 11 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Timber, Wood - Merchant, Dealer 1 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Sawyer 5 Show data context -
  Cooper, Hoop Maker, Bender 5 Show data context -
  Paper Manufacture - 2 Show data context
  Stationer, Law Stationer 4 Show data context 7 Show data context
  Paper Box, Paper Bag Maker 3 Show data context 26 Show data context
21. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN VARIOUS MINERAL SUBSTANCES. 158 Show data context 29 Show data context
  Coal Miner 2 Show data context -
  Ironstone Miner - 1 Show data context
  Miner, in other or undefined Minerals 1 Show data context -
  [Haulier] [not in Census Report but in codebook] 38 Show data context -
  Coke, Charcoal, Peat - Cutter, Burner, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Gas Works Service 5 Show data context -
  Stone Cutter, Dresser, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Limeburner 2 Show data context -
  Brick, Tile - Maker, Burner, Dealer 2 Show data context -
  Railway Labourer, Navvy 1 Show data context -
  Earthenware, China, Porcelain, Manufacture 40 Show data context 26 Show data context
  Glass Manufacture 9 Show data context -
  Goldsmith, Silversmith, Jeweller 2 Show data context -
  [Iron Manufacture] 18 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Blacksmith 18 Show data context -
  Nail Manufacture 3 Show data context -
  Ironmonger. Hardware Dealer, Merchant 2 Show data context -
  Tin, Tin Plate, Tin Goods - Manufacturer, Worker, Dealer 3 Show data context -
  Brass, Bronze Manufacture. Brazier 7 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Wire Maker, Worker, Weaver, Drawer 1 Show data context -
22. PERSONS WORKING AND DEALING IN GENERAL OR UNSPECIFIED COMMODITIES. 284 Show data context 48 Show data context
  General Shopkeeper, Dealer 9 Show data context 8 Show data context
  Pawnbroker 2 Show data context 1 Show data context
  Costermonger, Huckster, Street Seller 12 Show data context 11 Show data context
  Manufacturer, Manager, Superintendant (undefined) 2 Show data context -
  General Labourer 245 Show data context 5 Show data context
  Engine Driver, Stoker, Fireman (not railway, marine or agricultural) 7 Show data context -
  Artizan, Mechanic (undefined) 6 Show data context 13 Show data context
  Apprentice (undefined) 1 Show data context -
  Factory Labourer (undefined) - 5 Show data context
  Machinist, Machine Worker (undefined) - 5 Show data context
24. PERSONS WITHOUT SPECIFIED OCCUPATIONS. 13 Show data context 212 Show data context
  Persons returned by Property, Rank &c. and not special occupation 13 Show data context 212 Show data context
[UNKNOWN OCCUPATION] 17 Show data context 285 Show data context
  [Occupation recorded but of unknown meaning] 1 Show data context -
  [Blank field, or illegible] 16 Show data context 285 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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