Peak District Mines Historical Society
Promoting and preserving mining heritage
(Registered charity No. 504662)

Census Records of Peak District Miners

Lists of Derbyshire Miners, taken from the Censuses of 1841 to 1871, have been compiled by the society's Recorder, Dave Williams in the course of researching the decline of employment in the Derbyshire lead mining industry and to try and plot the emigration of lead-miners to the Derbyshire coalfield. These lists are by no means complete and the absence of a name should not be taken as the absence of the miner. These lists have been presented by year and in alphabetical order, please select the required year below . Where a name is unreadable an asterisk has been used to cover the missing character. We hope that these are of use to researchers, and would welcome any additional information, corrections or omissions.

Apart from research from microfilms in the Matlock, Chesterfield and Buxton branches of the Derbyshire Library Service, Dave also extracted data using the CDs of census data supplied by Archive CD Books ( and the web-site belonging to John Palmer who has an exhaustive collection of data relating to Wirksworth and district on his web-site (

Miners in the 1841 Census

Miners in the 1851 Census

Miners in the 1861 Census

Miners in the 1871 Census