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The Growth of Norwich

& Norwich Pubs

(from 1700)

  2. Census Facts : 3. The Contemporary Scene

1. : Early Surveys

Population figures, of varying validity,
are available from the 1690s as follows :-
  • 1693 - 28,881
  • 1695 - 29,332
  • 1696 - 28,546
It seems plausible, therefore, that the total
reached 30,000  around the turn of the century.
The estimate for 1750 is 36,000
(vide 1752 = 36,159)

1786  (40,051) is the last (available) figure
which shows a rising trend.

It is considered that the effects of wars against
France were responsible for a definite decline in
in population by the end of the century, and
prior to the first census of 1801.

2. : Census Facts

(nationally adjusted)
The  1801  Census the (adj.) figure was 38,502.
In  1811  the population was still only 38,795.
Astonishingly, only 10 years later it had
increased by  33.12%  (to 51,645)

A further increase of 21.12% occurred
in the next ten years (62,552).
As a proportion of the 'original' 1811 population,
the increase (over the 20-year period) registered
no less than  61.24% !.

 

2. : Census Facts (contd.)

The decade  1831 - 41  saw a virtual standstill
(1.93% increase); although the next decade
saw a "healthy" plus 10.30%.

Over the rest of the  half-century  (to 1861)
there was a further increase of 8.30%; giving
a new total population of  74,414  - nearly double
the figure in 1811.

In 1871, i.e. around the time of maximum
pub  numbers, the population was 80,386.
It took until 1891 for the 100,000 mark to be hit :
i.e. 100,964

Forty years later  (1931) , a further increase
by a quarter, saw the number rise to 126,236.

3. : The Contemporary Scene

Since the 1930s, numbers have tended -
if anything - to decline a little : on account of
still more "slum-clearance" and (the undoubted
extra)  residents living just beyond the
restrictive City boundaries.

However, this website ignores the current
illogical, patchwork boundaries; and includes
every settlement  within a
four-mile radius of the  Castle.


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