Imagine life in 1841, before the NHS, compulsory education, and before each county was required to run a police force. Ancestry.co.uk
has been researching the state of England's public services in the mid-19th century following its 1841 census online launch. The best place to live back then was London and worst was Rutland. The best provision for education was in Surrey, where there was one teacher for every 120 people; the worst was in neighbouring Hampshire where there was just one teacher to every 880 people. You can also research your family tree, search the births, marriages and deaths registry and browse through military and newspaper records. An annual subscription starts at pound;69.95.