AGE AT DEATH
London in 1735 compared with
England and Wales in 1846, 1900 and 1997

 

  1735 1846 1900 1997
Age Group % of deaths % of deaths % of deaths % of deaths
Under 5 49 41 36 0.8
5 to 44 27 27 21 3.5
45 to 64 14 13 19 12
65 & over 10 19 24 84


Thus in 1735 in London, 49% of all deaths were of children under 5, whereas by 1997 deaths of children under 5 were only 0.8% of all the deaths in the year.

 

Sources:

1735: The Gentleman's Magazine. Bills of Mortality for London Parishes.
1846: Annual Report of the Registrar General
1900: The Health of Adult Britain 1841-1994, by John Charlton and Mike Murphy, A publication of the Government Statistical Service.
1997: The Office of National Statistics.

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