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1921 Census Return:


Sunday 19th June 1921

The census was postponed for two months from April due to industrial unrest and no census was taken in Ireland due to Irish War of Independence. This was the first census in the UK to ask about place of work and industry, and whether a marriage had been dissolved by divorce.

Enumeration District 7, Enumerator: James Lambert

National Archive (Reference TNA RG15/24192/0001 )

The whole of the Civil Parish of Bishopdale, comprising Dale Foot, New House Gill, Ribba Hall, Myres Garth, Smelter, Howgill, Dale Head or West Howgill, Kidstones, Longridge, Cote Garth or West New House, The Rookery, Short Close Barn, Slades Barn, Holme Barn, South Barn and Dada House.

Map of Registration District 4

Map of Registration District 4: Askrigg

Map of Wapentake Hang West

Thoralby Township highlighted in red in Aysgarth Parish, courtesy of YDNP. The township of Bishopdale can be viewed to the north east of Thoralby.

Go to Three Townships for a detailed O.S. map of the Bishopdale Township.

The following information was recorded about each person: forename and surname; relationship to head of house; condition; marital status, if orphaned;  age, sex; number of rooms occupied; occupation; employment: employer, worker, own account, place of work and name and address of employer; where born; county/place; name of street, place or road, and name or number of house; nationality,  school attending whole or part time, number of children aged U16 and age at last birthday. Each household was completed by the head of house, or enumerator, but signed by the head of house, enabling you to see your ancestor’s handwriting and signature. (1921 example see below).


The whole of the Township of Bishopdale contained 64 inhabitants, of whom 29 were male and 35 were female. There were 11 households. 

1921 Census - John Bryan Fawcett & family, Bishopdale

Above is an image of the 1921 census, household No. 22, John Bryan Fawcett and family, Bishopdale. 


Reproduced with the kind permission of The National Archives (Reference: RG 115/24192/0455)

The table below is a transcription of the 1921 Census for Bishopdale, the links added are to images of houses in my Postcards and Photographs collection. 

The table contains a lot of information, so it may be slow to upload fully. Please be patient.

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