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  Population figures for Pilleth parish  
 

Pilleth population graph

 
  The actual recorded figures for the population of the parish were:-  
  In the year 1841 - 73 people
In the year 1851 - 92
In the year 1861 - 104
In the year 1871 - 166
In the year 1881 - 121
In the year 1891 - 77
In the year 1901 - 109

 
  Pilleth parish had the smallest population in the area in Victorian times. Most people in this small rural parish were farmers, farm labourers or farm servants but there were also craftsmen and tradesmen. (See pages on Earning a Living).
The government report which published the figures also tells us that the rise in population in 1871 was due to the building of new cottages in the parish.
Notice that the population rose quite steeply around 1901 after declining since 1871.
 
  Compare this graph with those of the smaller rural parishes in the area like Heyope or Stanage. Then compare it with the graph for Knighton.
Is the overall trend the same?
If the trend differs, in what way does it differ?
What project was happening across the area which might explain the rise in population in 1901?
 
 

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