1877 village survey

In 1877 the vicar of Sibford, Rev Edward Stevens (Frank+Lascelles’ father) personally conducted a door to door survey of all households in the Gower, Burdrop and the Ferris. He recorded the gender, age groups and occupation of the head of the household. His findings were tabulated and gave us a complete insight into the social history of the village at that time. It makes interesting reading, although many of the descriptions and classifications have little bearing to life in the village today.

Occupation Householder Additional members of household Total
Vicar 1 4 5
Surgeon 1 3 4
Lawyer 1 5 6
School Master 2 6 8
Surveyor 1 3 4
Bailiff 1 1 2
Independent 10 16 26
Farmer 19 70 89
Baker 3 6 9
Butcher 2 4 6
Blacksmith 2 3 5
Carpenter 3 6 9
Dairyman 4 4 8
Mason 3 8 11
Miller 1 5 6
Master Plumber 1 2 3
Painter 3 11 14
Tailor 1 1 2
Thatcher 1 2 3
Shoemaker 3 10 13
Sawyer 2 8 10
Carrier 4 9 13
Machinist 1 3 4
Seamstress 1   1
Clock cleaner 1 1 2
Inn Keeper 3 6 9
Beershop 3 3 6
Shopkeeper 3 3 6
Bread seller 1 3 4
Coal seller 1   1
Roadman 2 4 6
Molecatcher 1 1 2
Servant 3 6 9
Widow 11 22 33
Separated from Husband 2 2 4
Labourer 61 173 234
Pauper 14 19 33
Lunatic 1 4 5
TOTAL 178 437 615
In addition the Quaker School had 7 staff and 70 pupils.