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section 3: exercise 1:  Victorian Ventnor

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The database for this exercise is Urbanisation next

The table to open for this exercise is Ventnor.

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Ventnor: a typical seaside resort
Ventnor is a small resort on the south-eastern coast of the Isle of Wight, which in 1881, was part of Hampshire. Its population was 5,739, and this had grown by 2,684 since 1851, a growth of 87.9%. These figures place it somewhere in the middle of Walton's lists of resorts in 1881 ranked by size, population growth and percentage population growth. It was an unspectacular example of the growth of a seaside resort, but, if any resort could be considered roughly typical, it was Ventnor. In the early nineteenth century it had developed a reputation as a centre for the treatment of consumptives, but in common with other middle-class resorts was becoming associated 'with exuberant enjoyment rather than the quiet of the sick-room' (Walton).

The Ventnor Data
This database consists of a single table, which contains only 407 records. While it cannot be considered typical of Ventnor as a whole, it illustrates certain features of Ventnor's economy and society. It contains details relating to individuals who lived in or were visiting houses on the Esplanade, Victoria Street and Dudley Road on census night, 1881.

a. How many heads of household were there in this sample? How many are female? What does this suggest?

b. Look at the occupations of the female heads of household. Does this confirm your answer to the previous question? Examine their marital condition, ages, and places of birth.

c. Did the birthplaces of the female servants of the heads of household in this sample differ from those of the female heads?

d. Examine the occupations of male heads of household who had been born on the Isle of Wight (place of birth = *wight*). What does this tell us about Ventnor?

e. Now look at the other heads of household (not *wight*).

f. The final query in this exercise illustrates one of the many frustrating features of using the census enumerators' books. Look at those who were visiting the area (reln = 'visitor'). What proportion were females? What were their occupations? Feedbacknext

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