History of Braintree

Station Road, Braintree, 1906, Essex.  (Neg. 57567V)  © Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005. http://www.francisfrith.com
Station 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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The Railway Station, Braintree, c.1910
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Samuel Catley Parmenter, farmer, Parsonage Farm
Thomas Parmenter, carpenter, Manor Road
William Parnwell, shoe maker, 107 High Street
Jeremiah Pettitt, Swan Inn PH, Swan Street
Samuel Piggin, Wheatsheaf PH, 101 High Street
Charles Pilgrim, market gardener, Hoppit
Jabez Pluck, clothier, 28 and 30 Bank Street
John Poppy, second-hand clothes dealer, 39 Coggeshall Road
Augustus Portway, auctioneer and estate agent, High Street
Benjamin Portway, grocer, 60 High Street
Charles Potter, cabinet maker, upholsterer, paperhanger and undertaker, 35 Manor Street
Walter Potter, boot and shoe maker, 113 High Street
Henry William Pryke and son, tailors, 51 High Street
Charles Pulfer, bricklayer, 81 Coggeshall Road
Miss Martha Purkis, shopkeeper, 248 Manor Road
Abraham Quilter, farmer, Queensborough Lane
Jabez Rankin, Orange Tree PH, Cattle Market
William Ranklin, thatcher, Cressing Road
Richard Rawlinson, Crown and Anchor PH, bill poster and auctioneers' porter, Cattle Market
Walter Richardson, beer retailer, 144 High Street
William Richardson, beer retailer, Sand pit Road
Thomas Dixon Ridley, maltster, Railway Station
Frederick Row, chemist and druggist and wine merchant, 47 and 49 High Street
George Rowe, hair dresser, 46 Bank Street
Haddon Rudkin, shopkeeper, Sandpit Road
Henry Sanders, whitesmith, Cattle Market
William Scott, clothier, 47 Manor Street
James Sergeant, painter, 27 Church Street
Walter Shead, baker, 11 and 13 Church Street
John Fenno Shearcroft, printer and bookseller, 9 Bank Street
Henry Simons, fruiterer, 21 Bank Street
Walter Henry Simons, stationer, 8 Manor Street
Miss Olivia Smith, china and glass dealer, 35 Bank Street
William Lister Smith, bookseller, Great Square

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The Rayne Road, Braintree, c.1910
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Frederick Smoothy, solicitor, clerk to the guardians of the Braintree union, New Street
Mrs. Eliza Snow, Three Tuns PH, New Street
William Southcott, wine and spirit merchant, 86 and 88 High Street
Sparrow, Tufnell and Co. bankers Hyem Porter, manager, Bank Street
Golding Spencer, boot and shoe manufacturer, 96 High Street
Thomas Spivey, drill sergeant, 30 New Street
George Spurgeon, boot and shoe maker, 48 Bank Street
James Spurgeon, shopkeeper, Upper Railway Street
William Spurgeon, blot maker, Great Square
Mrs. Ursula Starr, saddler, 16 Balik Street
Charles Strutt, boot maker, Manor Street
Thomas Stubbin, livery stables, Sandpit Road
Vero William Taylor, maltster, Church Street
George Thomas, carpenter, 52 London Road
Charles Townrow, clothier, 65 High Street
Thomas William Townrow, linen draper, 63 High Street
Charles Turner, farmer, London Road
Samuel Underwood, butcher, 20 and 22 Great Square
Miss Ann Vavasseur, berlin wool repository, 13 Bank Street
Augustus Charles Veley, solicitor, Great Square
Godfrey Vennell, linen draper, 39 Bank Street
Miss Charlotte Wakefield, school, Manor Street
Mrs. Rosa Ann Wakelin, farmer, Hill House
Alfred Walford and Co. coal merchants, Upper Railway Street
Daniel Walters and Sons, silk manufacturers, Lower Railway Street
Mrs. Elizabeth Warren, coach spring maker, Sandpit Road
George Warren, Lion and Lamb PH, Little Square
James Warren, beer retailer, Coggeshall Road
John Waylett, jobbing brewer, 132 High Street

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Market Square, Braintree
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John West and Sons, brush manufacturers, High Street
Isaac White, farmer, Cressing Road
George Whipps, fruiterer, Cattle Market
Miss Emma White, lodging house, 22 London Road
Benjamin Whitmore, saddler, Great Square
Edward Wicks, inland revenue officer, 48 Manor Street
Charles Wiggett, jobbing gardener, 291 Coggeshall Road
William Wilkinson, whip maker, 48 New Street
Miss Sarah Ann Willey, school, 78 Manor Street
Charles Edward Williams, Bell PH, and hairdresser, Great Square
Miss Eliza Willis, milliner, 44 Bank Street
George Willis, farmer, Bridge Farm
William Willsher, greengrocer, Cattle Market
Samuel Wisbey, Bird in Hand PH, Coggeshall Road
Alfred Wood, beer retailer and blacksmith, Coggeshall Road
John Woodhouse, baker, Little Square
Mrs. Edward Wright, saddler, Great Square
Alexander Young, maltster, Upper Railway Street
John Young, veterinary surgeon, Coggeshall Road

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

Braintree - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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