Hebden Township Historical Data

Hebden Census 1901 - Age Profiles

The following chart shows the percentage of the population over a given age. It gives an indication of mortality rates and life expectancy. The indication from these figure is 64% of the population were now living beyond their teens, but with 50% surviving to only 28. The average age of the population was 32. It is likely that these figures continued to be distorted by the sudden decrease in population in the late 1880s when the mining and textile industries declined.

Hebden Census 1901 - Surnames

A number of family names dominate the census, with four surnames being shared by a quarter of the population. Some previously prominent names such as Moor have disappeared off the list altogether. The following surnames occur ten or more times in the census. This table can be sorted by clicking on a column heading.

Surname Number
Joy 13
Longthorn 16
Stockdale 10
Rodwell 10
Waddilove 10
Worsley 15

Hebden Census 1901 - Employment

As with the previous census, an attempt has been made to record the occupation for the whole population.

People with no recorded occupation

109 people, or 55% of the population, are recorded as having no paid occupation or are scholars. All those without such occupation are children, wives, a few young daughters, and a few retirees. Nobody claims to be unemployed. It is suspected that not all children at school were described as 'scholars'.

Occupation Number
No occupation recorded 94
Retirees 3
Scholars 12

The main industries

Forty people were employed in the farming industry, or 44%. For the first time, the textiles and lead mining industries have disappeared off the radar altogether.

Where people were born

The following chart depicts the 'localness' of the population in terms of where they were born. Region 1 is Hebden and the surrounding villages Appletreewick, Burnsall, Cracoe, Grassington, Greenhow Hill, Hartlington, Linton, Thorpe and Threshfield. Region 2 encompasses the area within an easy day's travel and the Skipton hinterland, and includes Pateley Bridge. Region 3 includes the neighbouring large towns such as Leeds, Bradford, and Burnley and Dales villages slightly further afield, and Region 4 covers anything further afield.