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The 1851 Census for England was taken on the night of 30 March 1851. The following information was requested: name of street, place, etc.; house number or name; name of each person that had spent the night in that household; relationship of person enumerated to the head of the family; person's marital status; age at last birthday (sex is indicated by which column the age is recorded in); person's rank, profession, or occupation; person's place of birth (if outside of England or Wales, only the country may be given); whether blind or deaf and dumb.

Enumeration forms were distributed to all households a couple of days before census night and the complete forms were collected the next day. All responses were to reflect the individual's status as of 30 March 1851 for all individuals who had spent the night in the house. People who were travelling or living abroad were enumerated at the location where they spent the census night. All of the details from the individual forms were later sorted and copied into enumerators’ books, which are the records we can view today. The original householders’ schedules from 1841 to 1901 were destroyed.

The clerks who compiled and reviewed the census data made a variety of marks on the returns. Unfortunately, many of these tally marks were written over personal information and some fields, such as ages, can be difficult to read as a result. More useful marks include a single slash between households within a building and a double slash separating households in separate buildings.

Most of the homes in Pendomer were listed as “no particular name”.  However, some of the larger houses and the farms are named and assuming that the order of records follows the enumerator’s path it may be possible to infer where a particular record was taken.

Because Coker Wood was reckoned to be in East Coker parish in 1851, some pages for the outlying parts of East Coker are included here.

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