There were a number of censuses of various parishes in Dorset. I have used the 1790 census of Corfe Castle extensively.
Transcribed from Hutchins “History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset”, Second Edition, and donated to the Dorset OPC Project by Kim Parker.
The Reverend Hutchins conducted and published this census of Corfe Castle in order to demonstrate to the authorities the utility of such an exercise as an aid to improving the administration of the parish.
There are many fascinating insights into the life and times that would be completely missing in the more formal censuses. It lists, where possible, the occupation and income of the individual.
HIBBS Mary; 74; Widow; On parish pay
WELSH Barth.; 74; Mar; On parish pay 1s
WELSH Urs.*; 50; Mar; Knits
HIBBS Mary**; 16; ; Spins; On parish pay
*bast daughter of M. Hibbs
**bast daughter of Urs. Welsh, an idiot
And such gems as:
HIBBS Robert; 73; Mar; Shoemaker
Robert Hibbs’ wife has eloped
George Keats has only the use of one arm.
UMBY Jane; 31; Mar; Knits; 1s 6d
Husband run away
PITT W. M.; 36; Mar; Independent Fortune
This is William Morton Pitt see here for a brief discussion of his parliamentary work.