History of Braintree

Manor Road, Braintree,1906, Essex.  (Neg. 55536)  © Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005. http://www.francisfrith.com
Manor Road, Braintree,1906
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History of Braintree >> 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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John Digby, jun., fruiterer, Great Square
William Digby, fishmonger, 148 High Street
Robert Dixon, travelling draper, 62 New Street
Joseph Godfrey Downing, chemist and druggist, 55 High Street
John Dyer, grocer, 11 Bank Street
Isaac Enness, White Lion PH, Coggeshall Road
Captain William Neville Tuftnell, J.P., Corn Exchange
Benjamin Eve, manager of the co-operative stores, Swan Street
Ezra Benjamin Eve, boot and shoe maker, 32 Bank Street
George Eve, blacksmith, Rayne Road
John Fairhead, butcher, 8 Bank Street
William Fish, carpenter, 142 Manor Street
Henry Foyster, farmer, Clap Bridge
Robert Frostick, jun., chimney sweep, Drury Lane
James Fuller, boot and shoe maker, 44 Bank Street
Mrs. Susannah Fuller, Nag's Head PH, Cattle market
William Gage, Rose and Crown, Lower Railway Street
Garnham and Pearson, corn dealers, Great Square
Gas Works, Jabez Church, managing director
William Saddler, manager, Manor Road
Walter Gentry, millwright, Church Street
Henry Gibbs, brasket maker, 106 High Street
Mrs. Saran Gibbs, beer retailer and butcher, 128 High Street
Joseph Giblin, deputy registrar of births and deaths for the Braintree district, 60 London Road
Frederick Godfrey, relieving officer and registrar of births and deaths, Coggeshall Road
Mrs. Charlotte Golding, shoe maker, 10 Bank Street

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Miss Hannah Goodchild, stay maker, Sand Pit Road
Miss Henrietta Louise Gorbell, school, 158 Manor Street
Mrs. Lydia Gray, pork butcher, 136 High Street
Thomas Gray, beer retailer, Fairfield Row
Samuel Green, baker, 113 Manor Street
William Green, baker, 4 Manor Street
John Groves, coal, lime and slate merchant
Hale Frederick, Horn commercial and family hotel posting house, High Street
Mrs. Elizabeth Harrington, blacksmith, Church Street
Thomas Harrington, hair dresser, 140 High Street
Thomas Harrington, wheelwright, Sandpit Road
Thomas Harris, Railway Bell PH, Lower Railway Street
John Harrison, surgeon, Bank Street
John Oates Harrisson, currier and leather cutter, Great Square
George Edward Hasler, linen draper, 7 Bank Street
William Frederic Hasler, tailor, High Street
Arthur Hatfield, boot and shoe maker, Great Square
William Henry Hatfield, shoe maker, Lower Railway Street
Mrs. Emma. Haward, milliner, 98 and 100 High Street
John Haward, grocer, 98 and 100 High Street
Elijah Hawkes, horse dealer, Fairfield Row
William Hawkes, brewer, Great Square
Isaac Haward, basket maker, 37 Lower Railway Street
John Hearn, butcher, 70 and 72 High Street
Albert Heaster, shopkeeper, 18 Manor Street
Samuel Heaster, wheelwright, 31 Manor Street
Henderson and Co. silk manufacturers George Shead, agent, High Street
Kemble Hewitt, linen draper, 29 Bank Street
Henry Hicks, blacksmith, 51 New Street
John Hicks, blacksmith, 151 Coggeshall Road
Marven Porter Hicks, grocer, 75 High Street
George Hodges, butcher, Upper Railway Street
James Hodges, beer retailer, Lower Railway Street
Joseph Holland, house agent, 67 Manor Street
Charles Howard, grocer, 37 Bank Street
Miss Rachel Hannah Hutley, shopkeeper, Coggeshall Road
John Jessopp, surgeon, Great Square
William Johnson, coal, lime, manure and agricultural merchant, Railway coal depot
William Johnstone, travelling draper, 60 New Street
Joscelyne Brothers, upholsterers and auctioneers,62 High Street
Edward Joscelyne and Charles Joscelyne, printers, booksellers and stationers, 78 High Street
Jesse Joyce, London Inn PH, Lower Railway Street
Mrs. Mary Joyce, laundress, 71 Coggeshall Road
William Joyce, butcher, Cattle Market
Joseph Juniper, shoe maker, 13 Little Square
Joseph Lancaster, shopkeeper, Upper Railway Street
William Lancaster, painter, etc. 31 Upper Railway Street
James Last, beer retailer, New Street
John Last, hardwareman, 25 and 27 Rayne Road
John Law, Victoria PH, Manor Road

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Walter Edward Letch, builder, 103 and 105 High Street
George Lindsell, fishmonger, 146 High Street
James Lindsell, shopkeeper, 102 High Street
John Lindsell, beer retailer, Hoppit
Richard List, commercial traveller, 48 London Road
Mrs. Sarah Livermore, plumber, Manor Street
Ebenezer Loggie, inland revenue supervisor, 175 Coggeshall Road
London and County Bank Edward John Gill, manager, High Street
Daniel Ludbrook, watch maker, Swan Street
John McLachlan, travelling draper,43 Lower Railway Street
Robert McLachlan, travelling draper,73 Lower Railway Street
Frederick Mansfield, miller, Gibbon's End
Thomas Martin, George PH, New Street
Francis Marshall, carpenter, Manor Street
Abraham Medcalf, Bull PH, Cattle Market
John Vine Milne, school, College House, London Road
Charles William Moore, chemist, 19 Bank Street
Jeremiah Moore, corn factor, 114 Manor Street and Upper Railway Street
William Morrell, baker, Coggeshall Road
James Nash, shopkeeper, 47 Lower Railway Street
John Neal, coffee rooms, Market Street
Miss Lavinia Newman, milliner, Great Square
Oswald Robert Newman, maltster, London Road
Miss Nunn Charlotte Rayne, confectioner, 14 Bank Street
Mrs. Ann Owers, beer retailer, 84 Manor Street
James Owers, Carpenters' Arms PH, and baker, 28 Lower Railway Street
William Owers, shopkeeper, 101 Lower Railway Street
William Oxbrow, watch maker, 20 Bank Street
Mrs. Julia Ann Parker, dyers' agent, Swan Street
Henry Parkhouse, surgeon, Coggeshall Road
Arthur George Parmenter, carpenter, New Street
Samuel Catley Parmenter, english and foreign timber and slate merchant and builder and contractor, Upper Railway Street

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Braintree - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

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