Census returns give names, ages, marital status, occupation and (except in 1841) birthplace for all inhabitants. We have the returns for Deptford, Lee and Lewisham for the years 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901. They are held on microfilm – please remember to book a reader if you want to consult the census.

We have street indexes to all these returns (except for St Nicholas' parish Deptford in 1881). There are name indexes for 1851, compiled by the North West Kent Family History Society, and for Deptford (surnames only) in 1891, compiled by Woolwich Family History Society (email: ku.oc.ilacsit|shfwihus#ku.oc.ilacsit|shfwihus).

For the 1881 census we have the transcript for the whole of Great Britain, searchable by name, on CD-Rom. You will need to book the PC to view this.

Please remember to book a reader if you want to consult microfilm, microfiche or CD-Rom.

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