Source:England. 1851 Census Returns of England and Wales

Source England and Wales. 1851 Census Schedules
Author General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA)
Coverage
Place England
Wales
Isle of Man
Channel Islands
Year range 1851 - 1851
Subject Census records
Publication information
Type Government / Church records
Place issued Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom
Periodical / Series name HO 107/1466-2531 Census Returns
Citation
General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). England and Wales. 1851 Census Schedules. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom).
Repositories
Family History Centerhttp://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatal..Family history center
Ancestry.comEngland http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid..Paid website
Ancestry.comWales http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid..Paid website
Ancestry.comIsle of Man http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid..Paid website
Ancestry.comChannel Islands http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid..Paid website
Findmypast.comhttp://www.findmypast.co.uk/CensusPersonStartSea..Paid website
National Archives (United Kingdom)HO 107/1466-2531 Census Returns: 1851 Census SchedulesArchive/Library
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The 1851 census was conducted based on information for the 30 March 1851.

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As of July 2016 comprehensive transcripts of the 1851 census for England and Wales are available free on FamilySearch.

Until 2003 the General Record Office was part of the Public Record Office (PRO) and had its offices first in St. Catherine's House, Chancery Lane, in central London, and later in the Family Records Centre, Islington. References to the PRO may appear in older documentation. For more information on the National Archives and the General Record Office, see Wikipedia

Another article in Wikipedia includes a "List of UK censuses" giving the date each census was held and the changes to questions asked.

Scotland and Northern Ireland maintain their census records separately.