History of Leigh on Sea

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Leigh-on-Sea, c.1955
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History of Leigh on Sea >> Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.

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:


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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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Edward John Hammond, linen draper
William Henry Harrison, shopkeeper
Daniel Harvey, boat owner
George Harvey, plumber
George Harvey jun., painter
Stephen Harvey, farmer
John Hickford, farmer
Frank Hicks, farmer
Solomon Hipsey, shopkeeper
James Joscelyne, blacksmith
William Kemp, builder
William Mitchell, boat builder
Joseph Osborne, butcher
Josiah Osborne, farmer
Alexander Palmer, King's Head PH
William Isaac Partridge, linen draper
William Phillips, shoe maker
William Sankey, M.D., surgeon, Prospect House
Thomas Shaw, linen draper

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Thomas Shaw, linen draper
Mrs. Jane Smith, linen draper
John Spence farmer, Leigh House
Henry Stock, coal merchant
Abraham Surridge, cattle dealer
Benjamin Surridge, shopkeeper
David Surridge, baker
William Wilkin Surridge, butcher
Mrs. Emma Thompso, shopkeeper
John Thompson, baker
William Thorp, carpenter
Daniel Tomlin and Co., coal and salt merchants and sail cloth manufacturers
Charles Webb draper and grocer; and at Prittlewell
John Westney, farm bailiff to Mrs. Wade

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Leigh on Sea - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

Leigh on Sea - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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