History of Great Bentley

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History of Great Bentley >> White's Directory 1848

White's Directory of Essex 1848 - 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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Edmund Almond, veterinary surgeon
George Claxton, plumber, painter, etc
Arthur Cowell, bricklayer
John Dennis, tailor
William Maples Devall, clock and watch maker
John Harris, postman
Shadrach Hobby, saddler, etc
William hyem, auctioneer and estate agent
Rev. Thomas Jones B.D., Vicarage
Charles Kidley, cooper
Daniel Leggit, painter, etc
William Meadowcroft, sugeon
Mrs Nutall
Mrs Sizer
William Osbourne, drill owner
James Pryers, whip maker
Mrs Sherman
John Wilson, police
James Weaver, tailor
Isaac Wright, gardener, seedsman and parish clerk
Rev. John Thomas Yeates, (Wesleyan)

Inns and Taverns.
Abraham C. Richardson, King's Arms
Abraham Shelley, Lion, (and plumber, etc)
Charlotte Reynolds, Plough

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Misses Balls
Mrs Hawkins
Miss Lugar
John Thompson

James Finch
William Hacklett

John Clark
Joseph Porter
Thomas Potter

Almond Abraham
George Neville

Butchers and Cattle Dealers.
James Alward
William Webb

Joseph Banyard
William Banyard
John Clark
John Dorman

Peter Herbert
George Howard

William Auston Esq., Hall
John B Borrodell Esq.
Thomas S. Brown Esq.
George Cant
William Cant
Thomas Carey
William Carrington Esq.
Samuel Cousins
Susan Cousins
John Fisher
William Hyem
William Kemp
John B. Lufkin
James Lufkin
Abraham Matthew
Isaac Mills
Henry Nunn
Abraham Risbee
James Roper
John Sizer (and miller)

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George Balley Ward, Lodge
Joseph Ward

Grocers, etc.
Daniel King
Nathaniel Mawby
George Marshall
John Pope

James Almond
Joseph Bugg
Thomas Clark
William Woadley
Joseph Waterman

Joseph Taylor
William Woadley

Samuel Goodwin

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Great Bentley - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

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