Ketton in the 1871 census

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The census was taken on 2 April 1871. There were 1114 villagers counted - 555 males and 559 females.

They lived in 216 houses. Specific places named in the census were: Stocks Hill, High Street, The Green, Poor Row, Great Lane, Chapel Lane, Chapel Yard, The Cottage, The Holmes, Aveland Arms, Bull Lane, Aldgate, Hall Lodge, Exeter Arms, Kilthorpe Lodge and Geeston.

The census enumerator was Frederick Hibbins, aged 38, a grocer who lived at Stocks Hill.

1871 census

The 10 most frequent surnames of villagers were: Andrew (37), Dunford (35), Woolley (32), Wright (28), Smith (25), Burrows (25), Brown (23), Johnson (23), Cliff (21) and Green (20).

The 10 most popular male first names were: John (106), William (92), Thomas (41), George (39), James (31), Robert (27), Henry (25), Charles (21), Joseph (16) and Samuel (15). 74% of males in the village had one of these first names.

The 10 most popular female first names were: Mary (115), Elizabeth/Eliza (82), Ann/Anne/Annie (53), Sarah (45), Emma (23), Jane (22), Harriet (16), Charlotte (13), Fanny (13) and Lucy (9). 68% of females in the village had one of these first names.


273 men were employed: general labourer (123), farmer (13), gardener (8), stone mason (8), groom (7), shoe/boot maker (7), maltster/brewer (7), carpenter (7), shepherd (6), baker (6), railway porter (5), butcher (5), stone mason (4), publican/innkeeper (4), grocer (4), coal dealer/agent (4), tailor (4), stone/lime quarryman (4), blacksmith (3), coachman/carman (3), domestic service (3), saddler and harness maker (3), agricultural/farm labourer (3), miller (3), wheelwright (2), slater (2), land agent (2), schoolteacher (2).

Also, an ironmonger, stone merchant, basket maker, land agent's clerk, land owner, farm bailiff, wine merchant, railway station master, gas works manager, medical practitioner, sexton, shepherd, painter, confectioner, policeman, vicar, cattle dealer, terracotta worker, gamekeeper, higgler and Inland Revenue officer.

75 women were employed: domestic service (45), dressmaker/milliner (7), laundress/washerwoman (4), charwoman (4), publican/innkeeper (3), schoolteacher (3), nurse (2), governess (2). also a farmer, postmistress, farmer, land owner and saddler and harness maker.

49 girls and 75 boys were at school - this was 40% of all children in the village aged between 4 and 15.

Birth places

56% of villagers were born in Ketton. 17% were born elsewhere in Rutland. 9% were born in Northamptonshire. 8% were born in Lincolnshire. 10% were born elsewhere in England.

Three people were born outside England - one in Scotland and two in Switzerland (Marie Betts wife of James Betts a farmer from Ketton) and Jenny Charlotte Corner (a domestic servant in Chapel Lane for Thomas Henry Burroughes).

Households with at least two servants
  • Thomas Henry Burroughes (aged 37, a land agent from Norfolk) lived in Chapel Lane with his wife Susan Helen and his children Rachel (aged 11) and Edward (aged 8) and his sister Adelaide (aged 29). They had seven domestic servants including a governess.
  • Frances Thompson (aged 74, a spinster) lived alone at The Priory. She had five servants - a groom, a gardener, a lady's maid, a housemaid and a cook. Her father had been Cotton Thompson Esq.
  • Matilda Harrisson (aged 63, a widowed land owner) lived at Ketton Grange with her children Elizabeth (aged 32) and Arthur (aged 38). They had five domestic servants including a ladyís maid, a housemaid, a kitchenmaid and a footman.
  • James Betts (aged 28, a farmer) lived with his wife Marie (from Switzerland) and their son Edward (aged 6 months). They had four servants - a cook, a housekeeper, a groom and a nurse. Jamesís father had been George Hornbuckle Betts, a farmer, corn merchant, maltster and coal dealer who died in Ketton in 1855.
  • Gerard de Witte (aged 45, a land owner from London) lived with his mother Sarah (aged 76) and his two daughters Florence (aged 15) and Beatrice (aged 13). They had three domestic servants. Gerard owned land on the north bank of the Thames in West Thurrock, Essex.
  • Samuel Hunt (aged 59, Esq) lived with his wife Charlotte and son Robert (aged 19). They had three servants.
  • Reverend John Henry Noyes (aged 48, the vicar of Ketton from Wiltshire) lived in Chapel Lane with his wife Ellen and their six children. They had three domestic servants.
  • Robert Lenton Swingler (aged 56, a farmer) lived with his wife Mary and their two children Catherine (aged 25) and Mary Ann (aged 19, later married Thomas Casswell Molesworth). They had two domestic servants.
  • George Edmonds (aged 24, a wine merchant) lived at The Holmes in Aldgate with his wife Emmeline and their daughter Mabel (aged 9 months). They had two domestic servants.
  • Francis Whincup (aged 55, a farmer from Yorkshire) lived in Geeston with his wife Sarah, his son Thomas (aged 28) and his widowed sister Frances (aged 67). They had two domestic servants.