Ketton in the 1911 census

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The census was taken on 2 April 1911. There were 991 villagers counted - 470 males and 522 females.

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They lived in 242 houses. Specific places named in the census were: Midland Station, Gas House, The Cottage, Aldgate (including Front Row), Rustic Cottage, Pied Bull, Bull Lane, High Street, Crown Inn, Crown Yard, Northwick Arms, The Shrubbery, Rutland House, Ketton Grange, The Firs, The Vale, St Mary's House (run by four Sisters of Mercy from Wantage, Oxfordshire), School House, Fountain Hill, Hall Close, Ivy Cottage, Church Cottage, Railway Inn, The Vicarage, The Priory, Ketton Hall, Randolph Cottage, Empingham Road, The Green, Laburnum Cottage, Wytchley Cottages, Quarry Cottages, Grange Farm, Northwick Cottages, Garden House at Ketton Cottage, Geeston, Rock Villa, Brewery Tap, Geeston House, Cuckoo Farm and Kilthorpe Grange.

The census enumerator was Rowland Redmile, aged 48, a blacksmith and farmer who lived in Ketton.

1911 census

The 10 most frequent surnames of villagers were: Woolley (23), Green (22), Andrew (22), Walpole (22), Stafford (20), Burrows (18), Smith (17), Towell (17), Dunford (16) and Scotchbrook (15).

The 10 most popular male first names were: John (51), William (47), George (29), Arthur (27), Charles (24), James (21), Thomas (21), Robert (18), Albert (16) and Alfred (15). 57% of males in the village had one of these first names.

The 10 most popular female first names were: Mary (47), Elizabeth/Eliza (46), Sarah (23), Ann/Anne/Annie (20), Fanny (18), Alice (18), Florence (12), Emma (12), Harriet (11) and Mabel (10). 40% of females in the village had one of these first names.


298 men were employed: agricultural/farm labourer (68), stone/lime quarrymen (37), gardener (31), maltster/brewer (10), general labourer (8), horseman/cattleman on farm (7), groom (7), carpenter (6), shoe/boot maker (6), butcher (6), road labourer (6), road labourer (5), golf links labourer (5), railway platelayer (5), baker (5), farmer (4), coachman/carman (4), motor car fitter/mechanic (4), stone mason (4), shepherd (3), builder/bricklayer (3), railway signalman (3), waggoner on farm (3), traction engine driver (3), publican/innkeeper (3), schoolteacher (3), house painter/decorator (3), brewer’s drayman (2), railway labourer (2), clergyman (2), fishmonger (2), gamekeeper (2), railway porter (2), coal porter (2).

Also, a law student, clergyman, threshing machine worker, tailor, organ builder, stone miller, shipping clerk, mineral water maker, medical practitioner, sawyer/wood labourer, saddler and harness maker, mechanical engineer at freestone quarry, electrical engineer, railway station master, farm bailiff, policeman, wheelwright, plumber, telegraphist, prudential assurance company's agent, building materials merchant, undertaker, customs & excise officer, crane driver, flour mill worker, postmaster, slater, blacksmith and gas works manager.

128 women were employed: domestic service (70), laundress/washerwoman (23), dressmaker/milliner (8), seamstress (7), schoolmistress (5), charwoman (4), sister of mercy (4), governess (2), farmer (2), publican/innkeeper (2), lodging house keeper (2). also a secretary, publican, lace maker, dairy help, grocer and shopkeeper.

35 girls and 43 boys were at school - this is 32% of all children in the village aged between 4 and 15.

Birth places

46% of villagers were born in Ketton. 13% were born elsewhere in Rutland. 13% were born in Lincolnshire. 7% were born in Northamptonshire. 20% were born elsewhere in England.

Nine people were born outside England - three from Ireland, one from Scotland (John Knox), one from South Africa (a 19 year old law student, Percy Ryder Hollins, who was the head of the household at Ketton Hall), two from Switzerland (Marie Betts - daughter-in-law of George Hornbuckle Betts - and Jenny Charlotte Hibbins) and two from America.

Households with at least two servants
  • Evelyn Mary Eaton (aged 36, a widow) lived at Ketton Grange with her three daughters Sybil (aged 14), Rosemary (aged 9) and Elizabeth (aged 4). She had been married to Hubert Eaton, a banker. Evelyn was the granddaughter of the 8th Viscount Barrington of Ardglass. They had six servants - a governess, a housemaid, a laundry maid, a kitchen maid, a manservant and a children's maid.
  • Percy Ryder Hollins (aged 19, a law student from Johannesburg) was living alone at Ketton Hall. His father Richard Hollins was a gold merchant in South Africa. He had five servants with him on the night of the census - two domestic servants, two gardeners and a groom.
  • Etheldred Cecil Tweddell (aged 52, a widow) lived at The Priory with her daughter Sybil (aged 36). Etheldred had been married to Reverend Marshall Tweddell, a clergyman. They had four servants - a cook, a housemaid and two kitchen maids.
  • Mary Ann Molesworth (aged 59, a widow, nee Swingler) lived at The Firs with her daughter Mary Emma (aged 37) and son Thomas Casswell (aged 36). Mary Ann had been married to Thomas Casswell Molesworth, a brewer, stone merchant, corn miller and farmer. They had three servants - a domestic cook and two domestic housemaids.
  • Mary Elizabeth Whincup (aged 60, a widow, nee Whincup) lived with her daughter Cecilia (aged 27). She had been married to Henry John Tennant Whincup, a wine merchant who was killed in an accident at Ketton railway station in 1882. They had two domestic servants.
  • Claude Clabburn (aged 54, medical practitioner, a bachelor) had two domestic servants.
  • Ashley Digby Potter (aged 42, a farmer from Sussex) lived at Grange Farm with his wife Helen (née Molesworth). They had two domestic servants.
  • Charles Tyler (aged 66, owner of lime pits and building materials merchant) and his wife Fanny lived at Rock Villa in Geeston and had two domestic servants.
  • Robert Henry Close (aged 54, farmer and slater from Collyweston), his wife and their four children lived at Geeston House and had two domestic servants.
  • George Harry Whattoff (aged 34, a farmer) and his wife Mary Ann lived at Kilthorpe Grange and had two domestic servants.
Number of rooms

The 1911 census was the first to record the number of rooms in each house. Householders were instructed to "count the kitchen as a room, but do not count the scullery, landing, lobby, closet, bathroom, nor warehouse, office, shop".

Ketton Hall - 38 rooms
The Priory - 19 rooms
Ketton Grange - 19 rooms
The Cottage - 19 rooms
The Firs - 14 rooms
The Vicarage - 13 rooms
The Shrubbery - 12 rooms
Grange Farm - 12 rooms
Northwick Arms - 10 rooms

chart showing number of rooms