Hennock & Teign Village Chronicle

Published by the Hennock Village Hall Committee

300° view of Hennock from
the top of the Church Tower

© 2014 D Baker

The Population of Hennock over the years

Census Statistics for the Parish of Hennock

Including all villages in the parish.
Note that Teign Village did not come into existence until after the 1911 census, so the quarry workers who lived in the Parish would have been included in the general Hennock census.

Census have been taken in various forms every 10 years since 1801.

The early Census were just head counts until 1841 when household members were first recorded. The 1851 census marks the start of the modern style of census.

The Number of Inhabitants of the Parish of Hennock
Source: A Vision of Britain Through Time

1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911
537 575 678 747 827 894 1004 886 791 971 712 1073

The population peak in 1861 was presumably while mining activities in the Parish were at their height.
The 1911 peak may be due to the opening of the Quarry for which Teign Village was built to house the workers.


In 1811 there were:

69 Households employed in Agriculture

11 Households employed in Trade, Manufacturing or Handicraft

26 Households employed in other occupations

Total 575 people made up of:

292 Males and 283 Females

In 1831 there were:

99 Households employed in Agriculture

25 Households employed in Trade, Manufacturing or Handicraft

9 Households employed in other occupations

Total 747 people made up of:

370 Males and 377 Females

In 1851 there were:

933 people who claimed that they were born in Hennock.

900 of them still lived in Devon, 495 of them in Hennock.

Note the population of Hennock in 1851 was 894 so 399 of the residents must have been at one time newcomers to the Village.

The rest were in Somerset (11), London (7), Cornwall (4), Gloucestershire (2), Hampshire (2), Lancashire (2), Worcestershire (1), Lincolnshire (1), Glamorgan (2), and Monmouthshire (1).

This does not include those who had forever left the green fields of Devon for far distant lands. Emmigration records were not kept until 1890 making it very difficult to find out how many people before 1890 actually left our shores forever.