The Oakington Road Estate in the 1881 Census
These maps and comments describe the 1881 Census which was taken a few years after these houses were first occupied.
The country was divided into Enumeration (counting) Districts and each had an Enumerator who was responsible for distributing the census forms and helping the householders to fill them in where necessary. Then he collected the forms and added up the number of households, number in the family, ages, where they were born, etc.
These statistics were collected centrally so that the Local Government and Central Govrnment could plan ahead. From our point of view here, the figures show how many people lived in these houses, their ages and where they came from.