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BACK IN BALDEN TIMES.. Bizarre 1911 census insights.

Byline: LACHLAN MACKINNON

THE tooth is out there and the 1911 census really did dig it out - discovering if we still had all our own teeth and hair.

The section relating to illness and infirmity has remained closed under data protection rules, until now.

And it gives a revealing and often amusing glimpse into how people viewed their health 100 years ago.

Some of the unusual health conditions given include "old age", being "bald", "toothless", "short of cash", "lunatic" and "feeble-minded". John Underwood from Hastings, East Sussex, lists his household's negative traits rather than any health problems. He describes his children as "quarrelsome, stubborn, greedy, vain and noisy" and his wife as suffering from "a long tongue".

The records also illustrate the cause of the suffragettes, with four women in the same household recording their infirmities as being "voteless".

Debra Chatfield of findmypast.co.uk said: "It provides a fascinating insight into life 100 years ago.

"In the more unusual entries we also get a wonderful sense of post-Edwardian humour, society and family dynamics at this time."

VIEW the infirmities column at www.1911census.co.uk and at www.findmypast.co.uk.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 6, 2012
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