Chapter 3 - The Census of 1881


When the 1881 census was conducted on Sunday and Monday, 3rd and 4th April, Fulford consisted of some 60 households of various types, 2 of which were uninhabited and 58 of which housed Fulfords 266 residents.

Of the neighbouring villages and hamlets Hilderstone was slightly larger than Fulford with 66 households and 324 residents, whilst Saverley Green with 24 households and 98 residents, and Cross Gate, Meir Heath and Stallington with 10, 11 and 12 households housing 42, 65 and 78 residents respectively were smaller. Fifty-four different surnames were recorded in Fulford in 1881, twenty of them (marked *) also being recorded in the surrounding villages and hamlets.

The surnames recorded in Fulford were:-

Abberley * Davis Mayer *
Adams * Emery Patrick
Adderley England Porter *
Armishaw Fairbanks * Rhodes
Ash Fenton * Rogers
Bagnall * Frost Sargent *
Batkin Gilford Shaw *
Beard Gimbert Simcock
Bostock * Harrison * Smith *
Boulton * Hall * Talbot
Bradley * Horton Titley
Brain * Jenkinson * Upton
Brandrick Leese Wetton
Byatt Love Wilmer
Cope * Lowe * Windsor
Cotton * Maple Winfield
Dale Marson Wooton
Davall Martin

Unfortunately, apart from Stallington Hall, Hilderstone Hall, and the various inns in the area, the census doesn't identify any of the households either by road, number or name.

However it may still be possible to get some idea of where the various households were located by following the enumerator's progress from property to property as he made his way through the village.

He entered Fulford from Fulford Dale and made his way up through the village and on to Meir Heath. From there he went back to Stallington, then round to Saverley Green, and from there he returned to Fulford and made his way through the village, detouring briefly to Rushlade, and then went on to Hilderstone.

Fulford also had a Hall, Fulford Hall, the 18th century brick country house next to St.Nicholas Church. Four other 'large' buildings in the village were Fulford Manor Farm, also by the church, Ivy House Farm, Fulford Farm (now called Rocklands), and Olde House Farm. Fulford also had a pub, the 'Shoulder of Mutton', which was run by James Beard.

Being a small and isolated village one would expect to find the usual 'country' occupations represented amongst the inhabitants, and indeed the 1881 census did record the occupations of agricultural labourer, nurseryman's labourer, general labourer, dairy maid, farm servant, farmer, cowkeeper, gamekeeper, blacksmith, wheelwright, domestic servant, school master, wood ranger, innkeeper and stonemason. However in addition to these 'country' occupations there were also other occupations such as bootmaker, shoemaker, dressmaker, laundress, charwoman, nurse, butcher, provisions dealer, joiner and teacher. There were also three widows and two annuitants living in the village.

Surprisingly there is no record of a vicar living in the Vicarage in Fulford, even though St.Nicholas Church had been consecrated in 1827.

Similarly the school, which had been founded on the village green in 1785, is not mentioned, although three of the staff were living in the village. Sarah Windsor the schoolmistress, Annie Armishaw the pupil teacher, and Mary Porter the monitoress.

coming into Fulford from Fulford Dale ............................

No. HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD AGE BORN HEAD'S OCCUPATION WIFE IN HOUSE
1 Lockett, William 52 Biddulph farmer - 200 acres Hannah 7
2 Smith, John 46 Ireland agricultural labourer Mary 5
3 Rhodes, William 53 Woolstanton farmer - 240 acres Sarah 8
4 Cotton, Thomas 32 Stone joiner - 2
5 uninhabited -
6 Davall, Catherine 80 Stone annuitant - 2
7 Jenkinson, Joseph 51 Stone shoemaker Mary 8
8 Ash, John 42 Stone wheelwright Sarah 8
9 Jenkinson, Emma4 55 Stone farmer - 4
10 Patrick, William 41 Shrops. farmer - 65 acres Mary 7
11 Sargent, Thomas 43 Sandon butcher Edith 8
12 Armishaw, Thomas 54 Stone gamekeeper Eliza 3
13 Boulton, Elizabeth 43 Stone widow / labourer - 5
14 Bostock, John 67 Cheadle agricultural labourer Elizabeth 6
15 Beard, John 42 Stone agricultural labourer - 1
16 Beard, James 34 Stone innkeeper (Shoulder of Mutton) Emma 5
17 Lowe, John 56 Cheadle agricultural labourer Mary 4
18 Bostock, John 24 Stone agricultural labourer Harriet 3
19 Horton, Louisa 32 Cheshire laundress - 2
20 Cope, Sarah 58 Abb.Brom. widow - 1
21 Hall, Charles 68 Stone agricultural labourer - 1
22 Davis, John 44 Stone shoemaker - 2
23 England, John 55 Stone farmer - 105 acres (maybe Manor Farm) Olive 6
24 Jenkinson, William 36 Fradwell bootmaker Julia 4
25 Branderick, Charles 59 Uttoxeter general labourer Elizabeth 5
26 Titley, James 40 Stone agricultural labourer Ann 3
27 Fenton, Edwin 52 Stone blacksmith (maybe Post Office Terrace) - 4
28 Windsor, Thomas 64 Lapley agricultural labourer - 3
29 Batkin, Enoch 57 Stone provisions dealer (maybe Fulford House) Emily 5
30 Cotton, Samson 64 Stone wheelwright Elizabeth 3
31 Frost, Edwin 30 Shrops. agricultural labourer Elizabeth 4
32 Beard, Richard 47 Stone farmer - 82 acres Elizabeth 6
33 Dale, Thomas 35 Stone agricultural labourer Ann 7
34 Gimbert, William 45 Tean wood ranger Emma 7
35 Harrison, James 53 Stone general labourer Sarah 3
36 Wooton, George 29 Stone general labourer Eliza 4

.................then to Meir Heath, Stallington and Saverley Green, and back to Fulford..................

37 Smith, Ann 48 Ireland char woman - 1
38 Winfield, William 37 Stone blacksmith (Crossgate) Ann 4
39 Winfield, John 39 Stone agricultural labourer Elizabeth 7
40 Adderley, Thomas 51 Stone shoemaker - 2
41 Maple, George 50 Bucks. agricultural labourer Eliza 2
42 Martin, William 21 Burslem butcher Fanny 5
43 Rushton, George 54 Stone shoemaker Ann 7
44 Brain, James 47 Stone agricultural labourer - 1
45 Jenkinson, Thomas 52 Stone shoemaker (Mossgate) Elizabeth 4
46 Leese, James 36 Stone nurseryman's labourer Mary 8
47 Cotton, Mary 69 Stone widow - 2
48 Brain, Samuel 32 Stone agricultural labourer (Crossgate) Jane 5
49 Love, William 46 Stone shoemaker (Mossgate) Anne 4
50 Mayer, James 26 Stone butcher (Mossgate) Ann 6
51 Wetton, John 54 Stone agricultural labourer (Crossgate) Elizabeth 4
52 Jenkinson, John 38 Stone farmer (Crossgate – maybe Brooms) Mary 13
53 uninhabited - -
54 Upton, Thomas 58 Burton agricultural labourer Mary 4
55 Brain, John 58 Trentham shoemaker Ellen 4
56 Batkin, Arthur 53 Stone cowkeeper (Moss Lane) Ann 5

……………….and then going to Rushlade and back to Fulford………….

57 Cotton, Thomas 58 Stone agricultural labourer - 5
58 Emery, William 26 Shallowf’d. agricultural labourer Mary 3
59 Abberley, George 68 Cheadle annuitant (Crossgate) - 1
60 Leese, Alfred 51 Stone nurseryman's labourer (Mossgate) Jane 9

Note - (place name in brackets identifies where the person is thought to have been living)


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