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Population
 

The total population of Staplehurst in the 1901 census was 1684
of which:

         

Percent

 

Male

Female

Total

 

of Total

under 1 year old

18

13

31

 

1.8

1 to 5 years of age

91

79

170

 

10.1

6 to 12 years of age

139

132

271

 

16.1

13 to 20 years of age

136

134

270

 

16.0

21 to 30 years of age

110

109

219

 

13.0

31 to 40 years of age

91

111

202

 

12.0

41 to 50 years of age

91

100

191

 

11.3

51 to 60 years of age

85

77

162

 

9.6

61 to 70 years of age

53

56

109

 

6.5

71 to 80 years of age

24

22

46

 

2.7

over 80 years of age

4

9

13

 

0.8

Total

842

842

1684

 

100.0

 

 



 
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 Marital Status
  

   

Percent

   

of Total

Number of Married People

625

37.7

Number of Widows/Widowers

88

5.3

Single People Over 18 Years of Age

284

17.1

(of which single over 30 years of age)

94

5.7

The youngest married man was 21 years old and the youngest woman was 20 years old.

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 Place of Birth
       
 

     

Percent

     

of Total

The majority of Staplehurst residence in 1901 were

 

1329

78.9

born in Kent. Of which, those born in Staplehurst were:

 

627

37.2

       

Of the remainder of Kent born residents, the majority

 

279

16.6

came from neighbouring villages.

     

Benenden

 

31

1.8

Cranbrook

 

63

3.7

Frittenden

 

47

2.8

Goudhurst

 

29

1.7

Headcorn

 

57

3.4

Marden

 

52

3.1

       

Others born with 10 miles of Staplehurst were:

 

183

10.9

       

The neighbouring county of Sussex accounted for:

 

104

6.2

while London born people were:

 

68

4.0

 

     

People born in Scotland and Ireland were:

 

13

0.8

       

People born outside of the United Kingdom were:

 

9

0.5

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Occupations
  Menís Occupations
There were 563 men resident in Staplehurst who have a recorded occupation in the 1901 census. This includes 3 boys of 13 years of age although 14 appears to be the normal age to start work. Most men continued working right into their old age with 22 men 70 years of age or more shown to be actively employed. At a summary level, occupations break down into the following categories.
 

 

   

Percent

 

 

of Total

Agriculture

257

45.6

Trades

118

21.0

Merchants / Retailers

57

10.1

Domestic

45

8.0

Railway / Postal Service

32

5.7

Professional

26

4.6

Other

28

5.0

Total

563

100.0

 

Agriculture at 45.6% is the largest sector. This includes 36 men classes as farmers and 8 farmerís sons, 1 retired farmer, and 8 farm bailiffs. The majority are classed as farm labourers or agricultural labourers. In some instances these are more specific with titles like carter on farm, waggoner, shepherd etc. the enumerator crosses these out and inserts Ag. Lab.

Trades are the second largest sector with 21.0% of the labour force. These include bricklayers, wheelwrights, carpenters, etc.

Merchants / Retailers: in the group (10.1%) I have included the grocers, bakers, butchers, etc.

Domestic accounts for 8.0%. It consists mostly of gardeners with a few grooms, houseboys and 1 butler and 1 footman.

The Railway and Postal Services account for 5.7% of which 19 men have railway occupations 13 postal services.

Others include for 11 peoples employed in hotels and inns; are 5 people noted as living on their own means and 12 people are classed as general labourers.

Womenís Occupations
Of the 598 women, 14 years of age or more and resident in Staplehurst in 1901, only 136 (23%) were noted to have an occupation. Note that the age 14 has been used as by that age almost all girls had left school, were only two exceptions to that. No girls under the age of 14 shown to have an occupation. Of this 136 only 5 were noted as married and 15 as widowed. Therefore the majority of working women were unmarried.

56% (76) of the working women were in domestic roles of various descriptions (servant, cook, housemaid, laundress etc.). Dressmaking was the second highest occupation with 22 women noted. Generally the dressmaking was carried out from home.

Two widows were classes as Farmers while 4 single women were classed as Farmerís



    

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