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Census return for Albert Square, 1871 The name Albert Square has been made famous by the television soap opera EastEnders. True to this television series, the Albert Square in this census return is also in the East End of London - at St. Paul's Shadwell.

Most of the women listed are referred to as 'Fallen'. The men are described as 'Sailors'. This is a fair indication that most of the houses within the square were used as brothels.

Since 1801 national censuses have been carried out every ten years with the exception of 1941. The information contained in the census returns is regarded as confidential and the records are closed to the public for one hundred years.

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