IT MAY be well known for its industrial heritage, but Rugby has also been the home of hundreds of chefs, entertainers and artists, according to figures released this week.
The Office of National Statistics, which organised this year’s census, has published findings from 2001, when the exercise was last carried out.
The results revealed that 63,032 people aged 16 to 74 were counted in Rugby, and a many of those were employed full-time as trade professionals. There were 302 electricians and electrical fitters, 123 bricklayers and masons, 197 plumbers and heating and ventilation engineers, 303 carpenters and joiners, 50 plasterers and 147 painters and decorators.
The catering trades in Rugby were well stocked, with 361 chefs and cooks, 264 waiters and waitresses and 199 bar staff all in full-time employment. There were also 90 butchers and meat cutters, and 29 bakers and flour confectioners.
In 2001, Rugby was home to many arts professionals in full-time employment. There were 40 artists, 37 actors, entertainers and broadcasting professionals, 16 musicians, and 46 authors and writers.
Rugby was also home to 325 farmers, 122 farm workers, 61 travel agents, 250 hairdressers and barbers, 135 taxi drivers and chauffeurs, 49 midwives, 55 estate agents and auctioneers, 298 mechanics and auto engineers, 457 software professionals and 50 journalists in full-time employment.
Census director Glen Watson said: “We’ll soon be able to see what’s changed over the course of a decade in Rugby - which occupations are growing and which are dwindling.
“The census offers a fascinating insight, a local snapshot that is compelling.
“When your descendants come to research their family history in a 100 years time, when your returned questionnaire will finally be read, make sure that they can find you.”
Visit census.gov.uk for more.