From prehistory to the present day people have worked toprovide themselves with the basic requirements of food, drink, clothing and shelter. Our ancestors hunted, gathered wild food and, some 6,000 years ago, began to farm. The land was the basis of labour right through to the start of the 19th century. In 1841 the first detailed census was carried out in Britain. This gave details of occupation and there were great differences between Poole Old Town and the rest of the present Borough. The most common occupation in what is now the Borough was “agricultural labourer”, of which there were 454, but only one resided in the Old Town. There were 186 mariners in the Old Town but only 13 inland.