The Crossroads, Debden, c.1955Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of Debden >> 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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John Boatman, smith and victualler, Ship
Joseph Bunting, corn miller, etc.
Isaac Foster, bricklayer
Sophia Francis, schoolmistress
Rev. Ambrose William Hall, M.A., rector
Joseph Housden and Mrs, National School
Allen Kitteridge, wheelwright
Douglas Lane, Esq., Debden Hall
John Newling, victualler, White Hart
Thomas Perrin, bricklayer
Mr John Randall
John Thomason, carpenter and parish clerk
Samuel Smith, jun.
Robert Tofts, Hall Farm
Boot and Shoemakers.
Debden Hallprint published 1834
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Debden - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Debden - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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