History of Hadleigh

The Castle, Hadleigh, 1891 © Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005. http://www.francisfrith.com
The Castle, Hadleigh, 1891
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History of Hadleigh >> 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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Robert Hall Bakewell, M.D., Lodge
Thomas Baldwin, butcher
William Emberson Benton, victualler, Crown
Miss Elizabeth Benton post office
John Choppen, wheelwright
Stephen Choppen, blacksmith
Rev. Thomas Espinall Espin, B.D., rector and rural dean
John Giggins, grocer and baker
Rev. John Godson, curate
George Lloyd, baker and parish clerk
John Mercer, coast guard
James Pepper, hurdle maker
Mrs Mary Ann Pike, victualler, Castle
James Swaine Potter, shopkeeper
Stephen Raysen, bricklayer
James Ridgewell, basket and sieve maker
John Shilliker, gardener
Thomas Smith, carpenter
Mrs Walker, Hadleigh House
William Wayland, beer seller

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James Tyrell
Henry Nash Wood, Hall
Mrs Mary Wood
Miss Harriett Wood
Miss E. Woodard
Mr Woollen

Thomas Smith
William Smith

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Hadleigh - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

Hadleigh - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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