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Census 1871 Case Study: Robert Browning

The British poet Robert Browning was born in Camberwell, South London. He was the son of Robert Browning, a wealthy clerk in the Bank of England, and Sarah Anna Wiedemann, of German-Scottish origin. In 1846, Browning married the poet Elizabeth Barrett and settled with her in Florence. When Elizabeth Browning died in 1861, he moved to London with his son Robert Barrett Browning. In 1866, after his father died, Browning lived with his sister, generally spending the season in London, and the rest of the year in the country or abroad. In 1871 he published two books: Balaustion's Adventure and Prince Hohenstiel-Schwangau, Saviour of Society.

I decided to look him up in the 1871 Census. A quick name search at website for the London 1871 Census gave me the following result:

Armed with those details, I then browsed through British Data Archive's London 1871 census CD set and found the following entry on Folio 72b of the Piece Number 13:

The census entry indicates that Robert Browning was living at number 19, Warwick Crescent with his son and his sister. His age and place of birth are also consistent with the details I gathered from his biography and leave me in no doubt that I have found my man...

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