Partial Transcript

[The census records the Harrison and Ball families living next door to one another]

The undermentioned Houses are situate within the Boundaries of the
Township of Blackrod
District of Bolton

Road, Street, &c., and No. or Name of House Name and Surname of each Person Relation to Head of Family Condition Age of Rank, Profession or Occupation Where Born
Males Females
Blundles Fold Joseph Harrison Head Married 26   Blacksmith Lancashire Adlington
Ellen Harrison Wife Married   28   Lancashire Haigh
Edward Harrison Son   6   Scholar Lancashire Haigh
Elizabeth Harrison Daughter     2 Scholar Lancashire Blackrod
Henry Harrison Son   1     Lancashire Blackrod
Blundles Fold Henry Ball Head Married 84   Farmer of 70 Acres Lancashire Upholland
Betty Ball Wife Married   84   Lancashire Upholland
James Ball Son Widower 50   [illegible] Lancashire Standish
Dorothy Ball Granddaughter Unmarried   22 Dairy Maid Lancashire Standish
Henry Ball Grandson Unmarried 17   Carter Lancashire Haigh
Henry Ball Grandson Unmarried 16   Farm Labourer Lancashire Haigh

[Census microfilm record RG9/2769 folio 61 (page 17). The 1861 census was taken on the night of 7 April.]

Research Notes

This census record places Joseph Harrison and Ellen Ball with their three children in Blackrod on 7 April 1861. It is likely, although not certain, that Henry Harrison was born at this location a year earlier on 27 March 1860. Blundles Fold no longer exists and its original location is unknown. However immediately before visiting Blundles Fold the census taker visited Arley Gate House. Arley Lane today is the continuation to the west of Blundell Lane. Note also that Edward Harrison was born in Haigh, suggesting that Joseph and Ellen lived in Haigh shortly after they were married.