Collating for the first time these separate Hucknall Huthwaite census figures may help indicate times of individual growth. The table also lists by rounded percentage its comparable size in relation to numbers more easily found for Sutton-in-Ashfield. Earlier parish church registers often combined the Huthwaite area.
By extracting named Sutton tenants from all those given in a remarkable 1295 Mansfield Manor rental survey, historian G.G. Bonser claimed it is probable that the population would be about 400. Other parish included figures were first published 1838 by Dr. S. T. Hall, paraphrased as, beginning the 18th century there were but ninety five families in Sutton. Parish Clerk Thomas Dove conducted 1770 door to door census still ambiguously recording families,
270 of whom lived in Sutton plus 80 in Huthwaite. A census taken 1793 by Sir Richard Sutton again included Huthwaite with a slovenly count totaling 3,492..
The parliamentary or UK national census began 1801, although still only a simple head count. More detailed records from year 1841 provide a useful reference for genealogy studies. Later figures can be confirmed among nearest dated gazetteers offering detailed Hucknall Huthwaite entries.
Boundary changes have been realised. After 1911 census part of the Sutton-in-Ashfield ecclesiastical parish with a population of 740, was transferred into the new Huthwaite parish. The parishes did reunite, however, the loss of an individual Huthwaite Urban District Council in 1935 through amalgamation into an enlarged Sutton U.D., and then outbreak of WWII, may add difficulty asserting later separated figures just covering a vaguely defined Huthwaite Ward.
The Huthwaite area has since become even more broadly represented in the Ashfield district. Forming largest part of a Sutton West Ward, its electorate seem even less distinct among Sutton Town affairs. Last unverified claim suggests Huthwaite houses a current population of 7,500, while new properties continue expansion. Ongoing research may still find any missing or later data spanning recent changes.
By graphing the current census data, two significant jumps are noticeable. There's no surprise marking year when New Hucknall Colliery started inviting up to 1,500 miners. Earlier coal pits had also attracted families, but the notable rise starting from 1861 is largely supported by the FWK cottage industry. On founding wide repute in hosiery manufacturing, this continued enticing new factory workers and a CWS.
Written 11 Dec 09 Revised 12 Oct 12 © by Gary Elliott