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The handwriting on the page is a mixture of faded ink and pencil. The paper is browned and foxed. The vertical grey lines are the watermark in the paper!
But this is an example of what could be done if the original census enumerator's books were scanned using a modern state of the art scanner. Most of the 1841 to 1901 original books held at the National Archives (The PRO) are in much better condition than this very old one of 1821.
Image reproduced by courtesy of Archive CD Books, who did the scanning.
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