5 fascinating facts about the 1921 Census for England and Wales


09 December 2021
The 1921 Census provides a snapshot of the nation on 19 June 1921
The 1921 Census for England and Wales was released online on 6 January 2022. We take a look at five facts about the census, that captured a snapshot of society on 19 June 1921.

The UK census has been taken every ten years since 1841 but the 1921 Census is a landmark event because this is the last one that will become available for generations. The 1931 Census for England and Wales was lost in a fire, and the 1941 Census was never taken because of World War II.

1921 Census facts

  • 38 million people are recorded on the 1921 England and Wales census
  • The information is held in 30,000 bound volumes that span 1.6 kilometres on archival shelving
  • The 1921 Census came across 12 spent matches, left by the clerks in decades past, in the days when people smoked whilst they worked. Imagine if one of them had been left smouldering?

Want to find out more about the 1921 Census? Take a look at the information that this census contains...

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