Ketton in the 1901 census

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The census was taken on 31 March 1901. There were 1041 villagers counted - 501 males and 538 females.

They lived in 252 houses. Specific places named in the census were: High Street, Diocesan House (run by four Sisters of Mercy from Wantage, Oxfordshire), Ketton Grange, Grange Cottage, Firs Cottage, Northwick Cottage, Redmiles Lane (Blacksmith Rowland Redmile and his family were living in one of the houses), Cobleys Cottages (Hedge cutter Joseph Cobley was living there with his wife Lucy), Old Workhouse, Stocks Hill, Station Road, Randolph Cottage, Ketton Hall (including The Stables), Railway Inn, The Bricks, Church Cottage, Church House, Chapel Lane, St Mary's Vicarage, The Priory, The Cottage (including the Gardener's Cottage), Midland Hotel, Station Master's House, Gas House, Aldgate, Bull Lane, Aveland Arms Inn, The Holmes, Geeston, The Green, Braithwaite's Cottages, Luffenham Road, Cuckoo Farm, The Green, Home Paddock, Old Heath and Hunt's Lodge.

The census enumerator was Thomas Edward Wellstead, aged 37, a schoolmaster who lived on the High Street.

1901 census

The 10 most frequent surnames of villagers were: Andrew (28), Green (23), Burrows (23), Scotchbrook (22), Woolley (22), Johnson (22), Stafford (19), Cliff (19), Burbidge (18) and Walpole (18).

The 10 most popular male first names were: John (65), William (58), George (39), Thomas (28), Charles (24), Arthur (23), Robert (19), James (19), Alfred (17) and Joseph (17). 61% of males in the village had one of these first names.

The 10 most popular female first names were: Mary (62), Elizabeth/Eliza (65), Ann/Anne/Annie (30), Sarah (29), Fanny (16), Florence (16), Emma (14), Alice (13), Emily (12) and Martha (11). 48% of females in the village had one of these first names.


312 men were employed: stone/lime quarrymen (60), agricultural/farm labourer (40), horseman/cattleman (17), gardener (16), groom (14), railway platelayer (9), carpenter (9), builder/bricklayer (8), general labourer (8), maltster/brewer (7), farmer (7), domestic service (7), stone mason (6), house painter/decorator (6), butcher (5), grocer (5), publican/innkeeper (4), shepherd (4), blacksmith (4), coachman/carman (4), coal agent/dealer (4), flour mill worker (4), plumber (4), brewer’s drayman (3), railway signalman (3), railway clerk (2), stone merchant (2), mineral water maker (2), shoe/boot maker (2), engine driver (2), railway porter (2), road labourer (2), farm waggoner (2), wheelwright (2), traction engine driver (2), carter (2).

Also, a dairyman, watchmaker, land agent, draper, lieutenant in the army, clergyman, an insurance agent, inland revenue officer, wheelwright, brewery manager, mechanical engineer, school teacher, tailor, surgeon, South African goldmine merchant, coal porter, gamekeeper, bank manager, crane driver, gas works manager, railway station master, hedge cutter, policeman, hotel keeper, policeman, postmaster, private soldier, stone miller and corn miller.

120 women were employed: domestic service (60), laundress/washerwoman (21), dressmaker/milliner (7), charwoman (6), schoolteacher (5), nurse (5), sister of mercy (4), seamstress (2). also a publican, shop keeper, grocer, canvas bag maker, lace maker, gardener and lodging house keeper.

The enumerator did not record Ketton children at school, although other parishes did.

Birth places

48% of villagers were born in Ketton. 13% were born elsewhere in Rutland. 10% were born in Lincolnshire. 7% were born in Northamptonshire. 20% were born elsewhere in England.

Twenty one people were born outside England - five in Wales, five in Scotland (including John Knox, father of Quoits champion Arthur Knox), four in Ireland, three in Switzerland (including Jenny Charlotte Hibbins and her nephew), one in South Africa (Richard Hollins, aged 15, who lived at Ketton Hall. His father was a merchant for a South African goldmine), one in Italy (a domestic servant at Ketton Grange), one in India (a laundry worker/inmate at St Mary's House) and one in USA.

Houses with at least two servants
  • Richard Roger Hollins (aged 52, a merchant for a South African goldmine) lived at Ketton Hall with his son Richard (aged 15, born in South Africa). They had eight servants - a butler, a cook/housekeeper, a parlour maid, a kitchen maid, a cutlery maid, two housemaids and a page boy. Ketton Hall had three stable dwellings where a further 9 servants lived - they were all grooms.
  • Hubert Francis Eaton (aged 37, a bank manager) lived at Ketton Grange with his wife Evelyn, their son George Hubert (aged 5) and their daughter Sybil Evelyn (aged 4). They had seven servants - a cook, a lady's maid, a nurse, a housemaid, a kitchen maid, an under housemaid and a butler.
  • Henry Hulton (aged 18, a Lieutenant in the Army) lived at Ketton Priory with his sisters Margaret (aged 24) and Violet (aged 23). Their father Rev. William Hulton was the second cousin of Thomas Henry Burroughes who owned The Cottage in Ketton. They had six servants - a cook, a parlour maid, a housemaid, a kitchen maid, an under housemaid and a gardener.
  • Margaret Coventry (aged 41, a widow - her husband Henry had died the previous year. Henry’s brother in law, John Turner Hopwood of Ketton Hall, had also died the previous year. Margaret's father had been the Vicar of Ketton - Rev. John Henry Noyes). She had two domestic servants.
  • Thomas Casswell Molesworth (aged 54, stone wright, corn miller and farmer), his wife Mary Ann and their four children (Thomas Casswell, aged 26), William Kenney (aged 24), Helen (aged 28) and Mary Emma (aged 27) had two domestic servants.
  • Florence Close (aged 37, married but her husband John was elsewhere on the night of the census) lived in Geeston with her five children (Florence Maria, aged 14), Norman (aged 13), Alec Walter (aged 11), Hugh (aged 9) and Dorothy Gertrude (aged 2). They had two domestic servants.
  • Claude Clabburn (aged 54, medical practitioner, a bachelor) had two domestic servants.
  • Mary Elizabeth Evelyn Elwes (aged 48, a spinster, living on her own means) lived in Bull Lane. She had two domestic servants.
  • Burroughes – there were just two servants living at The Cottage (the Burroughes family were living elsewhere at the time of the census).