Just a few words of thanks appear to be in order to all those who made valuable
contributions to our knowledge.
The consensus appears to be that individuals described as 'nurse child' on the
1881 census have ages from a few months old to nine or ten years. Some may therefore have
been with a wet nurse but others were not. In some areas of the country the host family
was quite poor. There is some evidence that well-to-do families sent children away to be
looked after. It seems probable that some enumerators, when faced with the presence of a
child which did not belong to the parents, decided to record it as a nurse child, but most
Regards to all, David Binns, Tyneside
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