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History of Birdbrook >> White's Directory 1863
If you wish to trace any of these people on the census returns, the nearest census date for this 1863 directory is the 1861 census. There are a number of commercial providers of census returns. These include:
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.
My ancestor lived here at this time, but why aren't they listed here? Answer: Not everyone appeared in a trade directory. Please read our Trade Directories article.
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John French, wheelwright
Ambrose Gardiner Fitch, corn miller
Miss Hoare, schoolmistress
Frederick Ralling, parish clerk and sexton
Charles Railing, machine owner, etc.
* James Savill, victualler Swan Inn
James Turner, blacksmith
J.G. Colman, Messings Farm
Henry Coppin, Upper House
Mary Cowling, Herksted Green
Ambrose Gardiner Fitch, Eagle Farm
Henry William Goodchild, Whitley Farm
Henry Payne, Moat Farm,
Robert Pool, Wash Farm
Robert Stammers Railing, Chadwell
Thomas Rider, Herksted Hall
John Smoothy, Birdbrook Hall
Samuel Smoothy, Bailey Hill
* King Viall, Baythorn Park (and Stoke)
* Simon Quye Viall, Baythorn Hall
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Birdbrook - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Birdbrook - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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