Old Siege House, Colchester, 1921Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of Colchester >> Pigot's Directory 1823
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If you wish to trace any of these people on the census returns, the nearest census date for this 1823 directory is the 1841 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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Silversmith, Jewellers and Watchmakers.
Statuaries and Masons.
Slyth and Lufkin
Straw Hat Makers.
Mary Ann Cutler
Tailors (* woollen drapers).
Fenton and Pryke
William Leader*, and slop seller
Miller, Searle and Falconer
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Thomas Lewis and John Lewis
Tin Plate Workers.
Tobacco Pipe Makers.
Watch and Clock Makers.
Wine and Spirit Merchants.
Mason and Collins
Sparden, Osborne and Co.
John Abbott, flour dealer
Henry Baker, veterinary surgeon
James Barritt, toy warehouse
G. Dennis, bookbinder
Francis Gant, seedsman
Hyam Hyam, pawnbroker
George Knight, seedsman
William Offord, cutler
Thomas Sebborn, gardener and seedsman
Ambrose Snazell, musical instrument maker
William Woods, patten maker
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