Jan 6, 2022

From the BBC: 1921 U.K. Census – 100-Year-Old Secrets Revealed

Sanchia Berg has published an article in the BBC News web site including a story about the real Downton Abbey that will interest many genealogists:

“A unique snapshot of life one midsummer night – just over 100 years ago – reveals, among other things, life in the real Downton Abbey, how slum families pleaded for better homes, and why a man from Yorkshire wasn’t able to divorce his wife.

“Pages from the 1921 Census – made available for the first time – reveal glimpses of some of the lives of the 38 million people living in England and Wales on the evening of 19 June that year. At the time, the country was recovering from the shocks of World War One and the Spanish flu pandemic.”

Highclere Castle in Hampshire in 1890 – the filming location for Downton Abbey

You can find the article at:

My thanks to newsletter reader John Rees for telling me about this story.