First census

Edinburgh Road, Landport, Portsmouth, in the 1920s, maybe 1930s.' Picture: Robert James Collection

NOSTALGIA: Would you dare do this in this Portsmouth street today?

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On this day in 1801 the first census took place. The population of Portsmouth was 3,148 men and 4,691 women.

Portsea, defined as a separate place, had 11,161 men and 13,166 women – from John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.