Whitby Census transcripts
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Before the setting up of Civil Registration in 1837 census returns were just a headcount, and no information on individuals was recorded. After 1837 census information was collected in units of Civil Parishes. The area of the current Whitby Town Council and the previous Whitby Urban District was comprised of three Civil Parishes before they were merged into one in 1925. Consequently, Census returns for Whitby are enumerated in three or four seperate parish returns.

Whitby Parish encompassed each side of the river, Ruswarp Parish stretched westwards from Silver Street and south from Victoria Square, and Hawsker-cum-Stainsacre Parish covered the East Cliff and Spital Bridge as well as Stainsacre and Hawsker. After 1894 the part of Hawsker within Whitby Urban District seperated off as Helredale Parish. In 1925 all three Whitby parishes were merged into Whitby Urban District, and in 1932 another small part of Hawsker was added to form the modern Whitby Town Council area.

Consequently, Whitby census returns are enumerated in three opr four seperate parish returns, Whitby, Ruswarp, Hawsker (later Helredale) and Aislaby.

Census TranscriptsParishes includedTranscripts available
Census1861WhitbyRuswarpHawskerAislabyCSV file(still editing)
Census1871Sample of Whitby, RuswarpCSV file(small sample)
Census1881
Census1891WhitbyRuswarpHawskerCSV filetext full transcripts
Census1901WhitbyRuswarpHawskerCSV file(still editing)
Census1911WhitbyRuswarpHelredaleCSV file(still editing)
Generated from other sources:
Census1931
Census1941There was no census taken in 1941 during the war, but a residents survey was taken in 1939.
Generated from electoral registers:
Census1951WhitbyCSV file(still compiling)
Census2011WhitbyCSV file

  • CSVNotes 
  • description of the CSV file format
  • Area  
  • how the Whitby district boundaries changed over time
  • Totals 
  • Whitby census population totals
  • Totals.xls
  • Whitby census population totals spreadsheet


    Authored by J.G.Harston
    Last update: 15-Apr-2016