Statistics for the Plants in the 1881 Census provide a particular reliable guide to their distribution at that time. This shows clearly that the name was concentrated in Staffordshire (36%) to the south of Cheshire (8.1%) as well as in Lancashire (9.7%) to Cheshire's north. Unlike for the 1842-6 deaths data there is, by 1881, no striking evidence of the earlier secondary cluster in Lincolnshire - also there is an increased number for the Plants who had evidently migrated eastwards to, for example, the industrial region of S Yorkshire and NE Derbyshire around Sheffield.
The total number of Plants in the 1881 Census is 6697 which, when allowing for population growth, is in line with an estimate of 15211 a century later.
Reference: W Keith Plant (2001) Roots and Branches, Issue Number 21.
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