Homeless men recorded in 1911 census
We’ve made a fascinating discovery in the 1911 census which shows that you didn’t have to be living in a house on census night to be recorded.
This census return details 10 homeless men ‘found in open air’ on census night. The men’s ages range from 23 to 62 and all were employed; their professions include cigar maker, farm labourer and boot maker.
Most of the men were born in London, but one of the men was born in Atlantic City, New York State, US.
The registrar has signed the form with the following comment: ‘Copied from Police Reports of Homeless Persons Enumerated as sleeping out 2/4/11′.
It is discoveries such as these which give us a wonderfully detailed picture of the different lives that were captured on census night.