Businesses run in Ropley by resi- dents of the village
Type of business
Tourism e.g. catering, B&B
10 15 20 Percentage of respondents
In an interesting contrast with today the 1851 cen- sus, when the population of Ropley was half what it is now and the village would have been much more self contained, shows only 5 “private residents” and some 20 tradesmen. Other workers would have been farm labourers and were not listed separately. Trades listed were farmers (7), wheelwright, butcher, corn dealer, publican, carpenter, cobbler, plumber, glazier, followed in 1867 by churn maker, basket maker, draper, and in 1878 land measurer, timber dealer, mallster, bricklayer, threshing machine owner. By 1911 the list was 30 private residents and 60 com-
mercial, now including doctor, coal merchant, cycle repairer, motor engineer, and poultry farmers.
The proportion of “owner-occupiers” is now much higher. As with all rural communities, perhaps more so than most, the change has come with the di- minishing proportion of people dependent on the land for their living who travel outside to work. Within Ropley itself there is not much employment, and the need for many to commute, along with the higher standard of living, has led to the transport problems.
Changes have come with the diminishing proportion of people dependent on the land for their living who travel outside the village to work
Over 30 miles from
Within 15 to 30 miles of Ropley 22%
Within 5 miles of Ropley 13%
How far from Ropley do resi- dents work?
Within 5 to 15 miles of Ropley 27%