The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
1891 Tonbridge Census
Reference RG12/681: Tonbridge Enumeration District No 5; Sub-District: Tonbridge; Enumerator: Albert Edward Relf
Boundary Being that part of the Town bounded on the West by a line drawn from the Lower Bridge to the lamp on St Stephen's Green, opposite the Vicarage
Contents All the houses between the Lower Bridge and St. Stephen's Green including Station Cottages, Merry Vale, Bourner Cottages, Station Square, all Vale Road and Orphan Place to Brook Cottages, Salubrions and houses opposite, Strawberry Vale, Rose Street and Pembury Grove.
The whole in the South Western (or Tonbridge) Parliamentary Division of Kent
Please note:
  • These census records have been transcribed from images of the original census sheets. Whilst all care has been taken, the result is an interpretation of the original which is available at Local Record Offices, from The National Archives, and from
  • Occupation has been unified (e.g. Ag Lab, Farm Lab, and many other such recordings are all displayed as Farm labourer).
  • The Sheet Number is as shown on the original document and is linked to a page showing all the entries on that Sheet (as well as entries from the following or previous sheet where the entry for the location covers more than one sheet).
  • In those instances where the Census entry is incorrect or missing and it has been possible from other sources to derive a correction, then these changes are shown inside square brackets, e.g. [Wife]

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Sheet    Place    Census entry

1148, Vale RoadJohn Poile, M, Head, married, age 80, born Ebony, Kent; occupation: retired farmer
    Martha Poile, F, Wife, married, age 63, born Stone, Kent; occupation: shop keeper
    Jane H Poile, F, Daughter, single, age 30, born Eboney, Kent; occupation: baby linen maker

1148, Vale RoadRobert Besthersoon, M, Head, married, age 57, born Capel, Kent; occupation: labourer at gas works
    Mary Besthersoon, F, Wife, married, age 55, born Capel, Kent
    Ann Mercer, F, Lodger, widowed, age 30, born Brenchley, Kent
    Ann Mercer, F, Lodger, widowed, age 30, born Brenchley, Kent

1150, Vale RoadSusanna Baker, F, Head, widowed, age 90, born Pembury, Kent; occupation: living on own means
    John Baker, M, Son, single, age 66, born Tonbridge, Kent; occupation: builder
    Eliza Baker, F, Daughter, single, age 56, born Tonbridge, Kent

1154, Vale RoadThomas Vinten, M, Head, single, age 25, born Tonbridge, Kent; occupation: locomotive foreman, S.E.R.
    William Vinten, M, Brother, single, age 31, born Tonbridge, Kent; occupation: bricklayer
    Ann Vinten, F, Mother, widowed, age 67, born Tenterden, Kent; occupation: laundress

1156, Vale RoadWilliam Lucas, M, Head, married, age 47, born Fletching, Sussex; occupation: railway labourer
    Jane Lucas, F, Wife, married, age 47, born Fletching, Sussex
    Fred Lucas, M, Son, single, age 21, born Fletching, Sussex; occupation: blacksmith
    Arthur Lucas, M, Son, single, age 18, born Fletching, Sussex; occupation: groom
    William Lucas, M, Son, age 15, born Tunbridge, Kent; occupation: messenger, G.P.O.
    Ada Lucas, F, Daughter, age 13, born Tunbridge, Kent
    Sidney Bedford, M, Visitor, age 8, born Maidstone, Kent

1158, Vale RoadJohn J Vinten, M, Head, married, age 44, born Tonbridge, Kent; occupation: general foreman of brick lines
    Eliza Vinten, F, Wife, married, age 46, born Tunbridge Wells, Kent; occupation: laundress
    John Vinten, M, Son, single, age 20, born Tonbridge, Kent; occupation: bricklayer
    Kate Vinten, F, Daughter, single, age 18, born Tonbridge, Kent; occupation: dressmaker
    Henry Vinten, M, Son, age 16, born Tonbridge, Kent; occupation: bricklayer's improver
    William Vinten, M, Son, age 14, born Tonbridge, Kent
    Eliza Vinten, F, Daughter, age 11, born Tonbridge, Kent
    Sidney Vinten, M, Son, age 2, born Tonbridge, Kent

1160, Vale RoadGeorge Payne, M, Head, married, age 32, born Hadlow, Kent; occupation: platelayer
    Annie Payne, F, Wife, married, age 32, born Mereworth, Kent
    George T Payne, M, Son, age 12, born Yalding, Kent; occupation: paper carrier
    James Payne, M, Son, age 8, born Southborough, Kent
    Henry S Payne, M, Son, age 1, born Tonbridge, Kent
    Thomas Beach, M, Stepbrother, single, age 22, born Hadlow, Kent; occupation: platelayer

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