High Street, Grays, c.1955Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of Grays Thurrock (Grays) >> Pigot's Directory 1823
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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Beach, GraysLow resolution copy courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay. Quality postcards of Essex.
William Horncastle, master of school
Francis Potter, office of excise
Sarah Roper, ladies academy
William Stone, surgeon
John Blaker, druggist
Thomas Burton, baker
Thomas Cribb, carpenter
John Daniels, smith and farmer
Ann Eve, shopkeeper
John Eve, butcher
William Flower, draper, grocer, etc.
Sarah Fretton, dress maker
Benjamin Frost, boot and shoemaker
Thomas Fuller, carpenter and wheelwright
Archibald Hinton, lime burner
Jonathan Jackson, brazier and tinman
Sarah Nimmo, grocer, etc.
John Oxley, tailor, etc.
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William Pain, shipwright
Edward Pettit, eating house
Thomas Phillips, corn dealer
John Plott, saddler, etc.
Thomas Price, waterman
William Robinson, baker, etc.
Thomas Seabrook, merchant
W.P. Swayne, hair dresser
Richard Taylor, boot and shoemaker
James West, saddler
Christopher Willoughby, painter and eating house
Ann Shrimpton, Bulls Head Inn
Thomas Foreman, King's Arms
Rising Sun, Daniel Granger
William Todhurst, Sailor's Return
Theobald's Arms, Richard Rygate
White Hart, William Taylor
John Blaker, barge owner
John Middleton, barge owner
Thomas Phillips, barge owner
Thomas Price, barge owner
Ann Smith, barge owner
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Grays Thurrock - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
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