The Green, Great Bentley, 1895Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of Great Bentley >> White's Directory 1848
If you wish to trace any of these people on the census returns, the nearest census date for this 1848 directory is the 1851 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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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
William Osbourne, drill owner
James Pryers, whip maker
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
The Plough PH, Great Bentley.© Copyright Robrt Edwards contributor to the Geograph Project and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Butchers and Cattle Dealers.
William Auston Esq., Hall
John B Borrodell Esq.
Thomas S. Brown Esq.
William Carrington Esq.
John B. Lufkin
John Sizer (and miller)
The Green, Great Bentley, c.1915Low resolution copy courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay. Quality postcards of Essex.
George Balley Ward, Lodge
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Great Bentley - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Great Bentley - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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