Counting Catholics

A census of Catholics in Preston carried out in 1820 by Fr Joseph Dunn provides a map of the distribution of members of the faith in the town. It suggests a possible sectarian divide at that time between the Church Street and Friargate districts. The social composition of the Catholic population can be sketched by linking information from four trade directories of the town compiled at the same time with the records in the census.

See here:

A heat map of the census of Preston Catholics in 1820

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