Postcard of Shenfield Common c.1910
History of Brentwood >> White's Directory 1863
If you wish to trace any of these people on the census returns, the nearest census date for this 1863 directory is the 1861 census. There are a number of commercial providers of census returns. These include:
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.
My ancestor lived here at this time, but why aren't they listed here? Answer: Not everyone appeared in a trade directory. Please read our Trade Directories article.
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High Street, BrentwoodLow resolution copy courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay. Quality postcards of Essex.
Boot and Shoe Makers.
Smith John Edward
Middleditch Benjamin Joseph
Brick and Tile Makers.
Wood Frederick and Francis Wood
Hunt Alfred F.
Cabinet Makers, etc.
Chemists and Druggists.
King's Road, BrentwoodLow resolution copy courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay. Quality postcards of Essex.
Smith James John
China and Glass Dealers.
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Brentwood - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Brentwood - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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