History of Great Clacton (Clacton-on-Sea)

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Royal Hotel, Clacton-on-Sea, 1891
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History of Great Clacton >> White's Directory 1863

White's Directory of Essex 1863 - 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
Charles Beckworth, corn miller
Rev. Henry George Nassau Bishop, B.A., Vicarage
Christopher Coulson, victualler, Ship
Samuel Cracknell, fishmonger
Philip Buchanan Dennis, Esq.
George Meld, schoolmaster
Sidney Fordham, carpenter
James Gentry and William Cox, rat catchers
Mrs Jane Gibbs
Mrs E. Rayner
Joseph Gladding, thatcher
Mr Joseph Hare
Mrs Large
John Hyatt, policeman
Thomas Ingram, inspector of towers
Philip Joy, plumber, glazier, etc.
Lieut. Edward Luckraft, R.N., coast guard commander
Abraham Maskell, glover, Post Office
Rev. Hector Norton, curate
John Henry Parker, surgeon
William Pigg, smith and victualler, Queen's Head
Charles Riches, joiner and builder
Hurren Riches, baker, etc.
William Roberts, battery keeper
Joseph Rouse, baker, Green
Cleere William Sadler, butcher
William Scragg, steam ploughing machine, etc. owner, White House
Peter Scratton, butcher and dealer
George Stearn, saddler, etc.
Mrs Mary Warner
Mr C. Sadler
Thomas Wilson, carpenter
William Wilson, bricklayer

Taster Bagley
William Reed
Mary Vinall

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The Village, Great Clacton
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Hezikiah Berlin
George Granger

Boot and Shoemakers.
Samuel Almond
Daniel Clarke
Jacob Reed
Joseph Wink

John Bones
William Cast
William Dixey
William Feedham
John Gilders, (and maltster)
Henry Giles, jun.
Philip Johnson Harris, Burrs
Joseph Howard
Robert Newman
Thomas Nicholson
Henry James Page, Thorogood Farm
James Page
Robert Page
Mrs L. Pudney
C.W.S. Sadler
Sarah Salmon
John Salmon
Robert. Salmon Green, Hall
William Scragg
Mrs. Elizabeth Skeet
Joseph Salmon Smith, Blue House
John Smith, Alton Park
Philip Baker Smith, Wick

Grocers and Drapers.
Henry Finer and Thomas Finer
Sarah Granger
William Ormes
Charles Reed
John Thorp

James Bevans
James Green
William Ormes

George Granger
Ephraim Kent
William Nevill (and coach builder)

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

Great Clacton - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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