Snapshots of Victorian Broadway (The People of The Census Returns)

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Left to right: Eliza A. Morris, Jane Morris (née Phillips), Joseph W. Morris (back row), John Morris (front row) and Mary A. Morris. Photo c1900: Tom Morris

Following the Society’s 2017 Annual General Meeting on Monday 15th May, Broadway History Society Committee Member, Geoff Sanders, will be giving an illustrated talk depicting the wealth of information, and the pitfalls that might be encountered when researching the seven decades of the Broadway Census Returns from 1841 to 1901.

The progression through the decades follows one prominent villager, John Morris1 (the first resident Minister of Broadway Congregational Church) and his descendants, with explanations and interpretations of the vast amount of information available from the censuses. Geoff’s talk will illustrate how a census return can be littered with errors and ‘red herrings’. He will explain how published pages often reflect third-hand information with spoken names being written by the census enumerators rather than the householders which, combined with the local ‘Broddy’2 dialect, led to some interesting entries and interpretations.

The 2017 AGM and Geoff’s talk will be held in the Lifford Hall Parlour, Lower Green, Broadway, on Monday 15th May 2017 starting at 7pm. Refreshments will be served at the end of the AGM before Geoff’s talk which is expected to start around 7.30pm. All welcome. Non-members £3 on the door.

Broadway History Society
May 2017

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Notes:
1. John Morris (1784-1864), father of Joseph Wilson Morris (see above photo), was ordained as the first resident Minister of Broadway Congregational Church (now Broadway United Reformed Church) in 1816. He resigned in 1825 to set up his grocery and drapery business.
2. ‘Asum’ grammar for Broadway.

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15th May 2017: Annual General Meeting and Talk by Geoff Sanders on ‘Snapshots of Victorian Broadway (The People of The Census Returns)’

Our second Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 15th May in The Parlour of the Lifford Memorial Hall starting at 7pm.

After the AGM, Committee Member, Geoff Sanders, will give an illustrated talk on Victorian Broadway. Geoff has been researching the census returns for Broadway and his talk will refer to his research and the information that can be obtained from a census.

Refreshments will be served during the meeting. All welcome, non-members £3.

The AGM and Geoff’s talk is the last in the series of talks for 2016/2017. Our next meeting will be held on Monday 18th September with a talk by Keith Cattell entitled On a Wing and a Prayer – The Cathedral Builders.