Source:England. 1881 Census Returns of England and Wales

Source 1881 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands
Author General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA)
Coverage
Place England
Wales
Isle of Man
Channel Islands
Year range 1881 - 1881
Subject Census records
Publication information
Type Government / Church records
Place issued Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom
Periodical / Series name RG11. 1881 Census Schedules
Citation
General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). 1881 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands: . (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom).
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The 1881 census was conducted based on information for 3 April 1881.

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.