Ketton in the 1891 census

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The census was taken on 5 April 1891. There were 1027 villagers counted - 509 males and 518 females.

They lived in 243 houses. Specific places named in the census were: Church Street, The Vicarage, The Priory, Railway Inn, Ketton Hall, The Park, Church Street, Randolph Cottage, The Green, Laburnum Cottage, High Street, Blue Bell Inn, Ketton House, Post Office, Kippax Villa, The Mount, Bull Inn, Aveland Arms, Crown Inn, Crown Yard, Northwick Arms, White Hart, Snells Cottages (a family called Snell were living in one of the cottages), Stamford Road, Water Lane, Barley Mow Inn, Workhouse Yard, Church Lane, Chapel Lane, Ketton Station, Geeston, Rock Villa, Aldgate, Aldgate Cottages, Exeter Arms, Aldgate House, The Lodge, Northwick Cottages, Molesworth Lodge, The Grange (including The Stables), The Holmes, Kelthorpe, Gas Works and Aveland Hotel.

The census enumerator in 1891 was John William Goodliffe, aged 48, a publican who lived at the Aveland Hotel.

1891 census

The 10 most frequent surnames of villagers were: Andrew (34), Scotchbrook (22), Wright (22), Green (21), Johnson (18), Woolley (18), Dunford (18), Barsby (17), Walpole (17) and Burrows (16).

The 10 most popular male first names were: John (76), William (65), George (38), Thomas (33), James (24), Charles (24), Robert (21), Alfred (19), Arthur (18) and Henry (15). 66% of males in the village had one of these first names.

The 10 most popular female first names were: Mary (70), Elizabeth/Eliza (68), Ann/Anne/Annie (43), Sarah (39), Fanny (17), Jane (15), Alice (14), Emma (14), Harriet (13) and Florence (10). 56% of females in the village had one of these first names.


313 men were employed: agricultural/farm labourer (56), stone/lime quarryman (39), general labourer (38), gardener (20), maltster/brewer (14), railway labourer (13), farmer (11), groom (9), grocer (9), publican/innkeeper (8), baker (7), stone mason (6), carpenter (6), shepherd (5), coachman/carman (5), builder/bricklayer (4), domestic service (4), butcher (4), brewer’s drayman (3), stone merchant (3), shoe/boot maker (3), railway porter (3), tailor (3), blacksmith (3), clergyman (2), coal agent/dealer (2), railway signalman (2), carter (2), saddler and harness maker (2)

Also, a Salvation Army officer, poultry man, policeman, wheelwright, miller, surveyor of stone quarries, whitesmith, railway station master, postmaster, print compositor, letter carrier, horseman/cattleman on farm, railway clerk, schoolmaster, quarry manager, gamekeeper, banker's clerk, steam engine fitter, gas works manager, farm bailiff, banker, brewery manager, student of music, house painter/decorator, plumber, inland revenue officer, medical practitioner, mineral water maker, insurance agent, Justice Of The Peace, wine merchant and waiter.

94 women were employed: domestic service (66), dressmaker/milliner (8), laundress/washerwoman (6), governess (2), seamstress (2), schoolmistress (2), nurse (2), salvation army officer (2). also a student of painting, a publican and a shopkeeper.

83 girls and 101 boys were at school - this is 70% of all children in the village aged between 4 and 15.

Birth places

52% of villagers were born in Ketton. 14% were born elsewhere in Rutland. 10% were born in Lincolnshire. 6% were born in Northamptonshire. 16% were born elsewhere in England.

Twenty two people were born outside England - thirteen in Scotland (including John Knox, father of All England Quoits Champion Arthur Knox), one in Australia (lodging in the High Street, living on his own means), one in Denmark (a domestic dairymaid at Ketton Hall), one in France (a visitor at Laburnum Cottage, living on her own means), two in Ireland (a domestic housekeeper at Aldgate Cottages and a widow living on her own means in the High Street), one in Spain (aged 7, a scholar, nephew of Charles Stubbins of Geeston), two in Switzerland (including Jenny Charlotte Hibbins) and one in Wales (sister of Gabriel Evans, Ketton stationmaster).

Households with at least two servants
  • Lord Henry George Grosvenor (aged 29, son of the 1st Duke of Westminster) was living at Aldgate Cottage with his wife Dora and their two daughters Millicent (aged 2) and Dorothy (aged 7 months, she later married the 6th Earl of Rosebery). They had 12 servants - a butler, three grooms, a footman, a housekeeper, a nurse, a kitchen maid, two housemaids, a nursemaid and a scullery maid.
  • Mary Augusta Henrietta Hopwood (aged 50, married to MP and magistrate John Turner Hopwood - he wasn't in the house on the night of the census) lived at Ketton Hall with her three children, an aunt, two cousins and six visitors – Thomas Henry Burroughes, his wife and their four children. The household had 12 servants - three lady's maids, two housemaids, a cook, a dairymaid, a scullery maid, two footmen, a kitchen maid and a gardener.
  • Matilda Harrison (aged 88, a widow) lived at The Grange with her son Arthur (aged 57) and daughter Elizabeth (aged 54). They had four servants - a lady's maid, a cook, a housemaid and a kitchen maid.
  • George Cayley (aged 59, a banker) lived at The Priory with his four children. They had four servants - a lady's maid, a housemaid, a cook and a kitchen maid.
  • Reverend Philip Stocks (aged 36, Vicar of Ketton) lived at The Vicarage with his wife Emily and their three sons. They had three servants - a cook, a housemaid and a nursemaid.
  • Mary Elizabeth Evelyn Elwes (aged 38, a spinster, living on her own means) lived in Water Lane (now Bull Lane) where she had two servants including Walter Tubby, her groom.
  • Thomas Casswell Molesworth (aged 44, a brewer, miller and farmer) lived with his wife Mary Ann and their son Thomas Casswell (aged 16). They had two domestic servants.
  • John Close (aged 37, a farmer) lived in Geeston with his wife Florence and their four children. They had two domestic servants.
  • Samuel Hunt (aged 71, a Justice of the Peace) lived at Ketton House with two domestic servants. When Samuel died the following year, his house was bought on behalf of the Peterborough Diocesan Conference for the purpose of a Penitent Female's Home.