History of Braintree

South Street, Braintree, 1903, Essex.  (Neg. 62117)  © Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005. http://www.francisfrith.com
South Street, Braintree, 1903
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History of Braintree >> White's Directory 1863

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

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The Railway Station, Braintree, c.1910
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Booksellers and Stationers.
Joscelyne Edward, and Charles (printers and publishers of B. and B. Advertiser, Wednesday), High Street
Shearcroft John Fenno, and printer, Bank Street; h Bradford Street
Smith William Lister, High Street

Boot and Shoe Makers.
Arnold John, Hyde Row
Baker John, New Street
Boon William, Back Lane
Coates James, High Garret, Bocking
Coates William, Church Street, Bocking
Cornell Abraham, Church Street, Bocking
Diggons Thomas, Coggeshall Road
Elger John, High Street
Eve Ezra, Bank Street
Garrett John William, High Street
Golding George Nathaniel, 15 Bank Street
Holland James, Church Street, Bocking
Holland John, Manor Street
Holmes James, Bank Street
Humfreys Thomas, Rayne Road, Bocking
Juniper Joseph, Little Square
King Henry, Church Lane, Bocking
Marfleet Joseph, Manor Street
Notes Joseph, High Garret, Bocking
Osborn William, Bradford Street, Bocking
Pasfield Thomas, Bradford Street, Bocking
Peters Samuel, Hyde Row
Potter Walter, Cattle Market
Rust Joseph, High Street
Sewell Isaac, Bradford Street, Bocking
Sly William, Mill Lane
Snow Thomas Henry, New Street
Spurgeon George, Bank Street
Spurgeon William, Great Square
Strutt Charles, Manor Street
Wenden John, Panfield Lane, Bocking
Willsher George, Bradford Street, Bocking

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The Rayne Road, Braintree, c.1910
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Braziers and Tinners.
Gentry John, Bradford Street
Knight Frederick, Rayne Road, Bocking

Goodwin John and Co., New Street
Gosling John, Bradford Street, Bocking

Brick and Tile Makers.
Brown James, Bocking-End and Mill Lane
Sadler George, Mill Lane

Bricklayers and Builders.
Bowtle Richard, Bradford Street, Bocking
Brand Aminadab, Panfield Lane
Brown James, Bocking-End
Crabb James, Coggeshall Road
Hammond Josiah, Rayne Road, Bocking
Lancaster Joseph, Rayne Road, Bocking
Parmenter Samuel Catley, Railway Station
Parmenter William, Church Street, Bocking
Parry John, mason, New Street
Rayner Thomas, Church Street, Bocking

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Marked are * Pork Butchers.
Allen Robert, Manor Street
Chamberlain Thomas, Church Street Bocking
*Cook Charles, Church Street, Bocking
*Gibbs Henry, High Street
*Gray Charles, High Street
Gray Henry (salt merchant) Church Lane
Hodges George, Railway Street
Joyce William, Cattle market
Medcalf Alfred, High Street
Newman Charles Parker, Great Square
Parker Charles Philip, Great Square
Perry James, Bradford Street, Bocking
Phillips Sarah, Bradford Street, Bocking
Rashbrooke Charles, High Street
Underwood James, Coggeshall Road
Wenden Henry, Rayne Road, Bocking
Wenden James, Rayne Road, Bocking

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