Six Streets - a century of change 

1911 & 2011 census

The results of the 2011 census are not available for 100 years so Six Streets History held its own voluntary census in April and then compared the results with those from 1911, the first census after the construction of our neighbourhood. 

Our 2011 "census" received responses from 52% of local households - 429 people in 157 households.

The 1911 census was compulsory and covered 869 people in 213 houses.

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The local census data show that some things have changed and some not so much:

55% of local residents in 1911 were born in Derby or Derbyshire, compared to 46% of our 2011 sample.  However, while a total of 17 residents in 1911 had been born abroad, our 52% sample in 2011 included 35 people born in 20 different foreign countries. 
In 1911 the most common names in 6 Streets were John, William and Arthur, and Mary, Elizabeth and Ann.  Of these, only William was among the 10 most common names given to baby boys in England and Wales in 2011.  
The most common household size in 1911 was 3, with only one household with a single occupant.  In 2011 the most common size was 2 and in our 52% sample alone there were 26 households with an only single occupant.  
The vast majority of the 280 women in 1911 did not list an occupation and many may have considered themselves mainly as housewives.  The most popular areas of work among professional women were education (19) and dressmaker/seamstress (9).  In our 52% sample in 2011 (149 women) only 9 listed themselves as housewives. The most common areas of employment were education (23), health and social care (21).   
In 1911 the most common occupation for men was clerk (73 of 251 men), followed by engineering (17), food (17) and railways (16).  100 years later engineering came top with 18 of 263 men, followed by creative industries (16) and general managerial (12). 
In 2011  a total of 19% of adults were "retired" - in 1911 there had only eight listed as retired or pensioned, ranging from a pensioned postmaster (59) to a retired bootmaker (79).  Many of the widowed older women in the area lived with extended family.  The old age pension was first available in 1909 and was only paid to those over 70 who earned less than 21/- a week and were of good character.  Eleven people list themselves as of "private means"; they may have had a private pension or income from investments or money inherited. 
In 1911, 46 people worked as domestic servants in 39 different households ?West Parkfields (where Wheeldon manor apartments now stand) had 4 servants and a gardener in a total of 10 occupants, Parkfields House had 4 servants among 6 occupants, and the children's home (at 42+44 Park Grove) had 2 servants in a total of 20 occupants. We found no domestic servants in 2011.