History of Downham

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War memorial and dovecote, Downham.
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History of Downham >> White's Directory 1863

White's Directory of Essex 1863 - 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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Misses B.S. Alexander and M. Alexander, Berne Hall
Rev. Edward Riou Berens, M.A., Rectory
William Clark, parish clerk, and Sarah Clark, school
Lionel Goldsmith, farm bailiff
Christopher Smith baker and grocer
Jane Watts, victualler, De Beauvoir Arms

Farmers. (* are Owners.)
David Archer, Berne Hall Farm
Thomas Blyth, Fremnales
Isaac Frederick Clark; h Dunton
Isaac John Clark; h Wickford
Walter Dale, and thrashing machine owner, Hall
* James John Dale, Ware Farm
* Thomas Richardson, Gastledon
William Stock, Sudbury Farm
William Wayling, De Beauvoir Farm
* Simon Wright

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Downham - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

Downham - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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