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  Census figures for Berriew parish  

  The actual recorded figures for the population of the parish were:-  
  In the year 1841 - 2259 people
In the year 1851 - 2177
In the year 1861 - 2155
In the year 1871 - 1929
In the year 1881 - 1838
In the year 1891 - 1760
In the year 1901 - 1535

The report which was published giving the figures for the 1871 census said that the population of Berriew had fallen because of emigration. This was when local poorer people left the country in search of work.
The large parish of Berriew was a rural area in Victorian times as it is now (see maps pages). There were mainly upland farms with some larger farms in the Severn valley.
The branch of the canal gave locals a chance to export their produce to markets further away. Most people earned a living on the land but there would have been others who earned a living providing services to the community. (blacksmiths, millers, carters, etc.)

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Is the overall trend the same?
If the trend differs, in what way does it differ?


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