Ketton in the 1841 census

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The census was taken on 6 June 1841. There were 951 villagers counted - 470 males and 481 females.

They lived in 216 houses. Specific places named in the census were Kelthorpe, Geeston, Aldgate, Main Street, Bull Lane, The Green, Great Lane, Church Yard, Church Lane, Back Street, The Row, Ketton Hall, Chapel Court and Heath House.

1841 census

The 10 most frequent surnames of villagers were: Gooud (25), Smith (22), Andrew (22), Dunford (21), Hibbins (20), Brown (19), Swift (19), Wright (18), Osborn (17) and Woolley (16).

The 10 most popular male first names were: William (103), John (89), Thomas (55), George (27), Robert (24), James (24), Henry (18), Joseph (14), Samuel (13) and Francis (13). 81% of males in the village had one of these first names.

The 10 most popular female first names were: Mary (105), Elizabeth/Eliza (79), Ann/Anne/Annie (71), Sarah (46), Jane (23), Catherine (15), Harriet (12), Frances (12), Julia (11) and Susanna/Susannah (11). 77% of females in the village had one of these first names.


254 men were employed: agricultural/farm labourer (130), male servant (33), farmer (11), gardener (9), carpenter (7), shoe/boot maker (6), stone mason (5), publican/innkeeper (4), blacksmith (4), tailor (4), groom (3), basket maker (3), miller (3), grocer (2), butcher (2), shepherd (2), shopkeeper (2), clergyman (2), saddler and harness maker (2), baker (2). there was also a sieve maker, a musician, a surgeon, a cooper, a ragman, a rope maker, a wheelwright, a carrier, a maltster/brewer and a sawyer/wood labourer.

55 women were employed: female servant (46), cottager (3), schoolmistress (2), baker (2) and bonnet maker (2).

Only two children were recorded as being at school – two girls both aged 12 were living with Eliza Tomblin, 20, who was a “teacher of youth”.

A total of 55 women were employed.

Birth places

Households were only asked whether individuals were born in the county where they lived - 80% were born in Rutland and 20% were not.

Four people in Ketton were born outside England - Elizabeth Burman, aged 35, the wife of surgeon Henry living on Main Street, was born in Ireland; Margaret Grantham, aged 70, living on Main Street, living on her own means with two servants, was born in Ireland; The Honourable Emily Grantham, aged 60, daughter-in-law of Margaret, living on her own means with seven servants was born in Ireland; George Morrison, aged 30, a servant working at Ketton Hall was born in Scotland.

Households with at least two servants:
  • Francis Whincup (aged 70, living on own means, not born in Rutland) was living in Geeston on his own. He had seven servants (four males and three females).
  • William Willford (aged 35, a farmer, born in Rutland) was living at Aldgate Farm with his with Dorothy (née Walpole) and their son William (aged 5). They had two male and one female servants.
  • Amelia de Rippe (aged 45, living on her own means, born in Rutland) was living with her sister Elizabeth de Rippe (aged 55) and her great-nephew John Burman (grandson of her sister Mary. John’s father Henry Burman was later the medical practitioner and surgeon in Ketton). They had two servants – one male, one female.
  • Margaret Grantham (aged 70, living on her own means, born in Ireland) was living on her own. She had a male and female servant. She lived next door to her daughter-in-law Emily.
  • The Honourable Emily Grantham (aged 60, living on her own means, born in Ireland) was living on her own. She had seven servants – four female, three male.
  • Robert Hunt (aged 65, a maltster/brewer) was living with his wife Emma. They had four servants – three female, one male.
  • John Compton (aged 60, a miller) was living in Great Lane (now Church Lane) with his children including Thomas (aged 35) who later took over the mill at Ketton. They had three servants – one male and two female.
  • Frances Thompson (aged 75, living on her own means) lived at the Priory in Great Lane with her daughter Frances (aged 45). They had four servants - two male and two female.
  • Thomas Buckworth (aged 40, a farmer) lived in Back Street (now Redmiles Lane? Buckworth House?) with his wife Mary and his brother William (aged 40). They had three servants - two male and one female.
  • George Sowerby (aged 45, living on own means, not born in Rutland) lived at Ketton Hall with his wife Ann and their children George (aged 8), Fanny (aged 7), Mary (aged 4) and Thomas (aged 2). They had 13 servants – five male and eight female. After campaigning in the House of Lords to stop the railway line coming to Ketton (within 200 yards of Ketton Hall), he sold Ketton Hall to Lord Burghley four months after the railway opening in Ketton in 1848.
  • George Hornbuckle Betts (aged 33, a farmer, not born in Rutland) lived with his wife Mary and their daughter Mary (aged 9 months). They had six servants – three male, three female.