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Kensington 1890

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Kensington]

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MARRIAGES AND MARRIAGE-RATE.
The marriages in 1890 were 1511, against 1605, 1561, 1497,
and 1491 in 1886-87-88-89 respectively. Of these there were
celebrated:—
By the Church (71.6 per cent. of total marriages) 1082
At Roman Catholic places of worship 139
At other Nonconformist places of worship 70
At the Superintendent Registrar's Office 220
Total 1511
The marriage-rate, i.e., persons married to 1000 inhabitants,
was 17.4. The marriage-rate in England and Wales was 15.15
per 1000, as compared with 14.2 in 1889. The rate in London
was 16.6, against 161 in 1889, which was the lowest rate ever
recorded; the five next lowest rates, moreover, being those recorded
in the five immediately preceding years, 1883-87, in which the
rates were, successively, 17.9, 17.6, 16.9, 16.6, and 16.3 per
1000.
BIRTHS AND BIRTH-RATE.
The births registered in the 53 weeks period, ended January
3rd, 1891, were 3864: males, 1919; and females, 1945; the
numbers in the Town and Brompton sub-districts respectively,
being 3144 and 720. Including 77 registered in the 53rd week,
the births were 166 more than in 1889 (viz., 3698: Town 3008,
Brompton 690), but they were 177 fewer than in 1872, when the
population (127,400) was 52,100 less than in 1890. The
Kensington birth-rate, which is considerably below that of London
as a whole (29.1 in 1890) has been declining since 1868, when it
was 33.1 per 1000. In 1890 it was 21.5 per 1000, and 2.9
below the decennial average (24.4). The rate was, in the Town
sub-district 24.0, and in Brompton 14.8 per 1000. There was one
birth to 46.5 inhabitants, and 101.4 births of females to 100 of
males, a reversal of the usual proportions. The births of illegitimate


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