The Hall, Great Bentley, 1895Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of Great Bentley >> Post Office Directory 1874
If you wish to trace any of these people on the census returns, the nearest census date for this 1874 directory is the 1871 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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Miss Agnes Phillips, mistress, Wesleyan School
Samuel Clarbour, station master
William Chalklen Boreham
John Bateman Borrodell
Rev. John Jackson, Wesleyan
Mrs. Vincent, The Green
William Almond, farrier
James Alward, butcher and cattle dealer
James Alward, jun., horse dealer
Edward Auston, farmer and landowner, The Lodge
David Barton, farmer
Thomas Bromley, farmer, Halfway House
Thomas Henry Brown, farmer, Sturrick Farm
Isaac Chaplin, boot and shoe maker
Edwards Clark, builder
John Clark, Lion, and blacksmith
Thomas Calrk, shopkeeper
Arthur Cowell, bricklayer
William Delf, maltster and farmer, St. Mary's
John Dorman, carpenter
James Dowman, carpenter
Zachariah Gibbs, Plough
Samuel Goodwin, wheelwright
Jeremiah Hayhoe, Victory, and chimney sweep
The Green, Great Bentley, c.1915Low resolution copy courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay. Quality postcards of Essex.
George Howard, pork butcher
William Hyem, farmer
Henry Walter James, beer retailer and carrier
Thomas Jennings, coal dealer
Thomas Charles Jolly, baker
George Lord, beer retailer
John Lord, farmer
James Bateman Lufkin, farmer, Cottage Farm
Catherine Mawby, Emily Mawby and Mary Mawby, grocers and drapers
Isaac Mills, farmer
Emma Neville, day school
William Neville, blacksmith
William Newman, thatcher
William Nunn, farmer
Samuel Partridge, pork butcher
Charlotte Poulton, draper and grocer
Eliza Prior, dress maker
Mary Robinson, farmer
Carrington Francis Sizer, miller
Joseph Taylor, hay and straw dealer
Joseph Taylor, thatcher
George Thompson, landowner and farmer
Edmund Thorpe, farmer
Stephen James Turner, farmer
William Wright, grocer
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Great Bentley - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
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