History of Braintree

St Michael's Church, Braintree, 1900, Essex.  (Neg. 46244)  © Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005. http://www.francisfrith.com
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History of Braintree >> White's Directory 1863

White's Directory of Essex 1863 - list of inhabitants.

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Academies and Schools.
(Marked * take Boarders.)
Archer Fanny, Bocking
Beuzeville Eliza and Mary Jane Beuzeville, Bocking End,
Birdseye Sarah, Back Lane
*Boosey Sarah Mary, Bradford Street
*Brackett Miss Ann, Bocking End
*Budden Mrs H., London Road
Cutts William, Hoppit hill
Gardiner Mrs Ann, High Street
*Gorbell Charles Henry, High Street
*Newcombe Cornelius Prout, Bradford Street
Shearcroft Emily, Bradford Street, Bocking
*Wakefield Miss Charlotte, Rayne Road, Bocking
Public Schools.
Bocking National Schools, Church Lane; Alfred King and Catherine Spurgeon
Braintree Church School, Miss Harriet Blackwell
British Schools, Bocking End, Alfred Pearce and Miss Hannah Cowtan
Infant School, Sarah Bearman, Church Street, Bocking
Public Mixed School, J. Saunders
Workhouse Schools, Fenton Goss and Jane Bush

Craig and Rankin, Coggeshall Road
Holmes John and Edward Holmes (clerk to commissioners of taxes), Bradford Street
Jackson Henry, Rayne Road, Bocking
Smoothy Frederick, union clerk and superintendent registrar, New Street; h Rayne Road
Veley and Cunnington, Great Square

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Joscelyne John, High Street
Matthews William Thomas, Rayne Road, Bocking

Bakers and Flour Dealers.
Ager Jonathan, New Street
Bearman Henry, Bradford Street
Bearman, Thomas, Church Street, Bocking
Breed Thomas, Pound-End
Butcher James, Coggeshall Road
Butcher William, Pound-End
Chinery Samuel, Hoppit hill
Clark David, Church Street, Bocking
Cooper James, Railway Street
Cooper Joseph, High Street
Emberson William, Church Lane
Evans Theophilus Thomas, Rayne Road, Bocking
Freeborn Charles, Bradford Street, Bocking
Gosling James, Back Lane
Harrington Mary Ann, Swan Street
Hawkes William, Manor Street
Lewis Thomas, Bradford Street, Bocking
Mansfield Frederick, London Road
Owers Charles, Bank Street
Owers James, Manor Street
Palmer George, Bradford Street, Bocking
Parker William, Little Square
Parr John, Church Lane, Bocking
Pudney John, Hyde Road
Read Susan, Back Lane
Sly James, Pound-End
Simons Benjamin Quartermaine, High Street
Woodhouse John Horatio, Little Square

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Basket and Sieve Makers.
Collis Mrs Eliza, High Street
Good Daniel, Hyde Row
Goss David, Little Square

Arter David, High Garret, Bocking
Gentry Charles, Church Street, Bocking
Harrington William, Rayne Road, Bocking
Hicks John, Mill Lane
Hicks Henry, Now Street
Humphrey Thomas, Coggeshall Road
Sharp Abraham, Coggeshall Road
Smith Josiah Asaph, Church Lane
Waters William, Bradford Street, Bocking
Warren Thomas, (spring maker), Back Lane

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

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