Analysis of deaths for ten year periods 1830 to 1869

1830-39 1840-49 1850-59 1860-69
Total number of deaths 135 128 205 235
Average number of deaths per year 13.5 12.8 20.5 23.5
Average age of death 31.7 29.0 27.1 33.3
Total of deaths in infancy 41 49 79 81
Average number of deaths in infancy 4.1 4.9 7.9 8.1
% of deaths in infancy 30.4% 38.3% 38.5% 34.5%
Number of deaths of females of childbearing age 7 13 24 22
% of females of childbearing age 5.2% 10.1% 11.2% 9.4%

When compared with the average life expectancy from abstracts from censuses compiled by the Registrar General from 1841:

1841 Average life expectancy 41.61 years
Surrey 45 years
London 37 years
Liverpool 26 years

the Dore figures seem very poor as compared with Surrey the rural area. As the Dore figures were taken from the Parish Register if Burials it was surmised that the age was artificially low due to the deaths of residents of Dore who had been removed to the Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse and had been buried elsewhere. This would seem likely when considering the factors which would lead one to expect a poor life expectancy such as overcrowding, or evidence of a high industrial workers death rate. As both these factors seem favourable to reasonable longevity in Dore and as the infant mortality and the rate of deaths among women of childbearing age compare favourably with the national figures, it would seem that Dore was not a particularly unhealthy place to live.

In 1851 there were 18 deaths among a population of 574 which is 31.4 per 1000 as compared with 28.2 per 1000 for Sheffield whereas in 1871 there were only 6 deaths in a population of 660 which is 9.0 per 1000 as compared with 28.2 per 1000 for Sheffield.

Rates of death per 1000 comparison Dore - Sheffield
Dore Sheffield
Year Number of deaths Total Population Rate/1000 Rate/1000
1851 18 574 31.4 28.2
1861 10 610 16.4 24.7
1871 6 660 9.0 28.3
1881 10 874 11.4 20.7
1891 16 1646 9.1 23.9
Comparison of deaths per 1000 for the decades 1850/9, 1860/9, 1870/9, 1880/9 with death rates per 1000 for Sheffield taking population figure for census year of decade
Dore Sheffield
Year Average number of deaths Population in census year Rate/1000 Rate/1000
1850-59 10.7 574 18.6 28.2
1860-69 9.8 610 16.1 24.7
1870-79 11.3 660 15.6 28.3
1880-89 10.4 874 11.9 20.7