History of Purfleet

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The Drive, Purfleet, c.1955
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History of Purfleet >> 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.

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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John Green, school master
Charles Cottee, station master
John Peter Serrurier, assistant superintendent, Government Powder magazines
John Bedford, canteen keeper
Simon Sampson
Samuel Whitbread
David Barnes, waterman
Miss Mary Barnes, grocer
William Beaumont, shopkeeper
James Blows, butcher
John Bode, draper
John Cass, waterman
Mrs. Nancy Sandford, baker
John George Wingrove, Royal Hotel

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

Purfleet - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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