East & West Molesey
A Dictionary of Local History
Rowland G. M. Baker, 1972
Before the Census Act of 1800 there was no comprehensive counting of the population. One way of assessing approximately the number of people in a place is to estimate it from the taxation returns. In 1332 there were forty-one taxpayers in the village of Molesey, suggesting a total population of between two and three hundred people. The returns for the Hearth Tax in 1664 show that there were then forty-one houses in East Molesey with a relative population of about two hundred, and thirty-seven in West Molesey, with say one hundred and eighty people.
The decennial census figures since 1801 are as follows:-
* Estimated from food ration books issued
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