Canvey Island, the Beach c1955Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of Canvey Island >> Inhabitants in 1848, 1863 and 1874
Crisp Molyneux Harridge, victualler, Lobster Smack
John Hunt, shopkeeper.
If you wish to trace any of these people on the census returns, the nearest census date for this 1848 directory is the 1851 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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The Ford, Canvey IslandLow resolution copy courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay. Quality postcards of Essex.
Charles Beckwith, victualler, Lobster Smack
Thomas Drawbridge, beerhouse and shopkeeper
James Ellis Wellard, farmer
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:
Charles Beckwith, Lobster Smack PH
Thomas Drawbridge, beer retailer and grocer
John Green, chief office of coast guards
Miss Mary Pitt, school mistress
Joseph Hills, parish clerk
If you wish to trace any of these people on the census returns, the nearest census date for this 1874 directory is the 1871 census. There are a number of commercial providers of census returns. These include:
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Canvey Island - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Canvey Island - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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