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Sergeant Pepper (nearly) lived in my house

This discovery shows the type of interesting and unusual things that can show up in historical research.

A friend of mine looked up the details of his own Belgrave St. house in the 1861 census. As well as the large number of people living there (nine in a small two-bedroomed house), most of their occupations were listed as 'Equistrian'.

Occupations

Chairmen and Chairwomen

When the hand-written census records were transcribed, by MHMS volunteers or (outsoucers), some interesting and amusing discoveries were made. One of these is the large number of chairmen and chairwomen that were around in the Georgian and Regency times.

In those times, domestic servants were common (that is to say, not rare), and “charwoman” was a frequent entry. In some cases, this has been misread by transcribers as “chairwoman”.

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