History of Grays Thurrock
The Old High Street, Grays, 1959
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of Grays Thurrock >> Pigot's Directory 1839
Pigot's Directory of Essex 1839 - list of inhabitants.
If you wish to trace any of these people on the census returns, he nearest census date for this 1839 directory is the 1841 census.
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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Rev. Henry Selby Hele
William Horncastle, Free School school master and parish clerk
Barge owners and lighterman.
Peter Baker, and coal merchant
John William Middleton
Boot and shoe makers.
James Osborn, and bricklayer
Grocers and Greengrocers.
James Aldon Bull
Thomas Foreman Kings Arms
Jeremiah Jones Theobald Arms
William Taylor White Hart
Thomas Brookes, smith
William Jackson, tailor
John Oxley, tailor
Thomas Seabrooke, brewer Grays brewery
James Seabrooke, brewer Grays brewery
Henry Keene Hemmings, brick maker
Robert Talbot, carpenter and undertaker
James Aldon, coal merchant
Stephen Harvey, corn dealer
Joseph Andrews, plumber and glazier
Charles Barnes, hair dresser and watch maker
Bejamin Harman, actuary at the Chalk Works at Purfleet
William Coker, turner
Thomas Hewer, linen draper
George Jackson, carrier
John Meeson, lime burner
Thomas Meeson, lime burner
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Grays Thurrock - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Grays Thurrock - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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