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What is the 1921 Census of England & Wales?
The 1921 Census of England & Wales is a detailed snapshot of 38 million lives, available online only at Findmypast. We're delighted to have been chosen by The National Archives to bring it to you.
Was your grandmother one of the first policewomen? Or your grandfather one of the last knocker uppers? Not only does the 1921 Census reveal what they did for a living, it shows you where they did it and who with. With advanced search, you’ll uncover occupations and employers that open a never-before-seen window to 1920s Britain.
Exploring the 1921 Census
Watch our handy video to see how easy it is to unlock incredible census stories. From pinpointing unique occupations to tracing the history of the brands and businesses we know and love, this must-see guide will get you started and keep you on track.
1921 Census discoveries
We loaf that breadwinner Henry Boardman was so proud of his job as a baker for us that he wrote it in extra-large writing on the 1921 Census.
My gran's workplace in 1921 is now a hotel hosting Afghan refugees. Ironically, I now work with evacuated Afghans in a different hotel.
The 1921 Census helped me to break down the most life-changing of ‘brick walls’. I've discovered my mum's birth mother and family.
Life and labour in the 1920s
Who worked at The Savoy Hotel in 1921?
40 staff were recorded at London’s iconic Savoy Hotel in the 1921 Census, 28 women and 12 men. Among them was Giulio Gelardi, the general manager at the time. Gelardi worked his way up the ranks at The Savoy, eventually securing the top job. The Gelardi family still runs some of the world’s most famous luxury hotels today.
Another notable worker with deep roots in the service industry was part-time clerk, Mary Bauwens. Her Belgian grandparents ran a London boarding house and laundry dating back to the 1870s. Overcoming orphanhood, Mary put herself through education and by the time of the Second World War, she was managing a wine and spirit shop with her husband.
‘The king of cocktails’, Harry Craddock started his career at The Savoy after returning to Britain from the United States during Prohibition. Craddock was involved in the publication of the famous Savoy Cocktail Book and became a founding member of the Bartender’s Guild, which still runs to this day.