Hebden Township Historical Data

Hebden Census 1911 - 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 68% of the population were now living beyond their teens, an increase over 1891, but with 50% surviving to only 28. 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 1911 - 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
Bowdin 13
Joy 14
Longthorn 13
Simpson 10
Worsley 17

Hebden Census 1911 - Employment

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

People with no recorded occupation

135 people, or 60% 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 the number of retired is understated.

Occupation Number
No occupation recorded 92
Retirees 6
Scholars 40

The main industries

35 people were employed in the farming industry, or 39% of those in paid employment. For the second 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.