History of Birch

St Peter's Church - exterior behind metal barracading.
St Peter's Church, Birch. Closed 1990. Public Enquiry due in 2017 to decide: development or demolition?
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History of Birch >> Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.

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Note: the directory lists the names in the following order: Surname, First Name. It also abbreviates names. These have been reversed and typed in full to assist research.

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William Willshir, parish clerk
William Locke, school master
Rev. William Harrison, M.A., rector, Rectory
Henry Hart, M.D.
Mrs. Round, Birch Hall
Miss Ann Branton, shopkeeper
James Bumby, carrier
Mrs. Clemmens, shopkeeper
William Coppin, shopkeeper
Golden Fairhead, farmer
Thomas Charles Gilbert, baker
Thomas Goodey, Angel Inn PH, and tailor
Henry Hart, surgeon
Frederick Hutley, blacksmith and wheelwright
James Hutton, carpenter
George May, farmer, Gate Farm
Mrs. Hills, farmer, Hill Farm
Joseph Norfolk, farmer, Garlands
Miss Pettitt, farmer, Boarded Farm
William Pettitt, farmer
William Prior, carrier
John Portas Richardson, grocer and draper
William Royce, miller
John Smith, farmer, Birch Holt
George Tiffin, butcher and farmer

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Birch (Great and Little) - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

Birch (Great and Little) - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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