Who was admitted to mental hospitals like St Audry’s? The 1911 Census of England and Wales reveals that mental illness affected people from various walks of life – just as it does today.

The following list records the occupations of the 817 ‘inmates’ in St Audry’s at that time:

2nd Suffolk Regiment Private
98th Battery R.T.L Gunner
Architect
Baker
Banker
Bargeman
Blacksmith
Book maker
Book Shop Assistant
Boots Domestic Servant
Bricklayer
Bricklayer’s Labourer
Builder
Butler
Carpenter
Cement Labourer
Charwoman
Chemist
Chimney Sweep
Clerk
Coach Builder
Coachman
Cocoa Mat Factory Hand
Corn Chandler
Companion Help
Cook (Domestic)
Corset Maker
Domestic Servant
Draper
Draper’s Assistant
Draper’s Porter
Dressmaker
Engine Driver
Engineer
Ex Marine
Ex Soldier
Family Governess
Farm Bailiff
Farm Labourer
Farmer
Farmer’s Assistant
Field Hans
Field Labourer
Fish and Fowl Dealer
Fish Merchant
Fisherman
Flak-layer
Footman
Foundry Labourer
Fowl Dealer
Furniture Dealer
Furriers Labourer
Gamekeeper
Gardener
General Labourer
General Servant (Domestic)
Governess
Grocer
Grocer’s Assistant
Groom
Harness Maker
Hawker
Hotel Waiter
House Girl
House parlour maid
Housekeeper
Housemaid (Domestic)
Hurdle Maker
In the Government Survey
Inland Revenue Officer
Ironmonger’s Assistant
Kitchen Maid (Domestic)
Labourer
Ladies Maid
Lady’s Companion
Laundress
Licensed Victualler
Maltster’s Labourer
Mariner
Market Gardener
Mat Maker
Mat Trimmer
Merchant’s Clerk
Milkman
Miller
Miller, Journeyman
Milliner
Millwright
Mole Catcher
Moulder
Naval Pensioner
Navvy
Needlewoman
None
Nurse Maid
Nursery Governess
Painter
Paper Hanger
Parlourmaid (Domestic)
Pedlar
Photographer
Pianist
Plumber
Printer
Pupil at Brewery
Railway Goods Clerk
Railway Labourer
Railway Stoker
Resident Governess
Roadman
Royal Artillery , Shoeing Smith
Royal Artillery Gunner
Royal Engineers, Lance Corporal
Sapper
School Mistress
Schoolmaster
Seamstress
Semptress
Ships Carpenter
Shipwright
Shoemaker
Shop Assitant
Shop Porter
Silk weaver
Soldier
Soldier, Private
Stableman
Stableman
Steward at club
Straw Plaiter
Tailor
Tinker
Unknown
Wardermaid
Watchmaker
Watercress Seller
Weaver
Wheelwright
Winder
Woodman

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