Analysis of deaths for ten year periods 1830 to 1869

Total number of deaths135128205235
Average number of deaths per year13.512.820.523.5
Average age of death31.729.027.133.3
Total of deaths in infancy41497981
Average number of deaths in infancy4.
% of deaths in infancy30.4%38.3%38.5%34.5%
Number of deaths of females of childbearing age7132422
% of females of childbearing age5.2%10.1%11.2%9.4%

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

1841Average life expectancy41.61 years
Surrey45 years
London37 years
Liverpool26 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

YearNumber of deathsTotal PopulationRate/1000Rate/1000

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

YearAverage number of deathsPopulation in census yearRate/1000Rate/1000