History of Brightlingsea

Brightlingsea, The Boating Lake c.1960 Essex.  (Neg. B209019)  © Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005. http://www.francisfrith.com
Boating Lake, Brightlingsea, 1960
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History of Brightlingsea >> 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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George March, grocer and draper
Alfred Martin, smack owner, Sidney Street
Frederick Martin, shopkeeper, New Town
Robert James Martin, smack owner, New Street
Samuel Martin, shoe maker, High Street
Shadrach Martin, smack owner, New Street
George Maskell, smock owner, Sidney Street
Isaac Maskell, smack owner, Park Street
Frederick Miller, brewer and spirit merchant, High Street
Abraham Minter, blacksmith
Frederick Minter, blacksmith, New Street
Mrs. Mary Minter, straw hat and bonnet maker, New Street
Mrs. Rhoda Minter, stationer, High Street
William Minter, jun. oyster merchant and smack owner
John William Munson, Foresters' Hall PH, Sidney Street
Robert Oliver, beer retailer, Sidney Street
George Orman, smack owner, Hurst Green
Alfred Ormes, farmer, Red Barn Farm
Thomas Pammett, beer retailer, High Street
George Parker, surgeon, and registrar of births and deaths for Wivenhoe District
Cornelius Peggs, oyster merchant and ship chandler, Water Side
James Weller Peggs, oyster merchant and auctioneer, Spring Road
Mrs. Mary Anne Peggs, oyster merchant and smack owner
Mrs. Sarah Ann Peggs, ship chandler and grocer, Waterside
Arthur Phillips, beer retailer, New Street
Hazell Polley, smack owner
Abraham Pudney, The Ship PH, greengrocer and potato merchant
George Richardson, oyster merchant, Hurst Green
John Richardson, Butcher, High Street

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Joseph Richardson, oyster merchant, New Street
Robert Richardson, oyster merchant, Hurst Green
Walter Richardson, baker, New Street
George Riches, boat builder, Sidney Street
Thomas Riches, boot and shoe maker
James Rodger, principal custom house officer, High Street
Root and Diaper, boat builders, Water Side
George Rose, farm bailiff for Mr. J.W. Girling
George Ruffell, land surveyor and estate agent
William Ruffell, farmer
Saddler and Pattbon, sail makers and ship chandlers, Sidney Street
John Salmon, smack owner, Sidney Street
Thomas Sawyer, smack owner
William Scarlett, smack owner, Spring Road
Osmond Palmer Scrutton, brick maker, farmer and miller
Mark Shepherd, grocer and baker, Sidney Street
Mrs. Harriet Simons, dress maker, Hurst Green
Jesse Skinner, baker
Edward Smith, beer retailer, High Street
William Smith, smack owner, Sidney Street
Edward Stammers, oyster merchant and water bailiff
Joseph Stammers, smack owner, Spring Road
Alfred William Tabor, oyster merchant, Duke Street
Frederick Tabor, oyster merchant, Spring Road
George Tabor, oyster merchant, Spring Road
Joseph Matthew Tabor, oyster merchant, Hurst Green
James Tillett, smack owner, Sidney Street
Robert Morffe Tracey, master mariner
Benjamin Tranham, smack owner and oyster merchant
Mrs. Mary Ann Tranham, Victoria PH
John Underwood, smack owner
Joseph Underwoud, oyster merchant, Hill House
James Ward, smack owner and oyster merchant, High Street
John Ward, smack owner, New Street
Miss Rebecca Ward, milliner, New Street
Thomas Ward, fruiterer and confectioner
Edward Webber, beer retailer and smack owner, New Town
George Wellum, master mariner, New Street
Thomas Wellum, oyster merchant and smack owner, Sidney Street
William Wenlock, Railway Hotel PH and shipbuilder
Alfred, William and Henry Went, ship chandlers, Water Side
Benjamin Went, sail maker, Spring Road
James Went, smack owner

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William Whislay, tinman and brazier, Lower Green
James Fulcher Whiten, grocer and draper, High Street
Webb Thomas Wilson, carpenter, Sidney Street
John Edward Wiseman, baker, High Street
Isaac Woods, grocer and draper, High Street
Isaac Woodward, butcher, New Street
John Woolvett, smack owner
Henry York, Anchor PH

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