In the 1841 and 1851 Census, my great, great grandfather Henry Danson and family were living at Trap Farm, Carleton, near Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire. I found the farm on the current Ordnance Survey Map and set out to find it on a visit to the Fylde.
Situated amidst fields on what is now a busy road, it was a sorry sight - dilapidated and overgrown.
In the 1841 Census, 30 year old Henry was there with his wife Elizabeth (Calvert), five daughters - Betty, Grace, Mary, Margaret and Ellen, his much older brother Peter and two servants.
By the time of the 1851 Census, it was a household of 13. Henry was described as a farmer of 31 acres. Eldest daughter (now married) Elizabeth was there with her three sisters and her husband Thomas Bailey, whilst second daughter Grace had left home. But there were now two sons - John and Henry plus Henry's brother Peter and two servants. How did they all fit into what looked a small farmhouse? My great grandfather James, born 1852 at Trap Farm, plus another daughter Jane, completed the family.
By the time of the next census in 1861 the Danson family was no longer at Trap.
Postscript: Two years ago I returned to Carleton, fully expecting Trap farm to be wiped off the map and replaced by a modern housing estate. To my surprise it was still there, but had undergone a transformation into a modern home.