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History of Rayleigh >> White's Directory 1848

White's Directory of Essex 1848 - 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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Mr. George Belcham
John Bell, post and schoolmaster
Mrs. Bellingham
Mrs. Davey
Thomas Brewitt, Esq., Down Hall
James Byass, surgeon
Henry Cook, gentleman
William Cross, brewer, malster, and brickmaker
William Dale, green grocer
John Deely, village postman
Richard Frost, glover
Rev. J.H. Harding, curate
George Richard Hilliard, surgeon and registrar
Joseph Jacob, gentleman
Mrs. Sarahnkemp, watchmaker
George Kernot, chemist and druggist
Mr. James Lancaster
A.W. Low, police
Robert William Lewis, solicitor (and Brentwood)
Mrs. A. Linggood, staymaker
William Lucas, corn merchant
George Mayhew, veterinary surgeon
Jeffrey Mayn, land agent, surveyor, and auctioneer
Thomas Mays, cooper
James Pearce, solicitor and deputy coroner for Duchy of Lancster
Rev. James Pilkington (Baptist)
William Pissey, chemist, druggist, stationer, news agent, etc.
Mrs. Susan Richmond
Henry Slyfield
James Rod, parish clerk
Richard Rowland, supervisor
Mrs. Elizabeth Preston Ruffle
Robert Rushbrook, veterinary surgeon
George Saward, stationer and hair dresser
Rev. William Twyne, rector
John Witham, coach builder

Stephen Allen, Rayleigh Lodge
Charles Count
William Cross
Henry Beadel, Lime House
George Belcham
Thomas Brewitt
William Isaac Belcham (and salesman)
John Lamprill, White House
James Richmond, Weirs
John Sach
Daniel Watts
Matthew Wendon

Fire and Life Offices.
Charles Count, Essex Economic
George Belcham, Essex Equitable
G.N. Kernot, Licensed Victuallers'
William Pissey, Royal Farmers' and Hailstorm

Inns and Taverns.
William Finch, Crown (and cattle dealer)
Isaac Watts, Drovers' Arms
John Bishop Mountain, Half Moon
William Rudkin, White Horse
George Francis, Red Lion

Mrs. Deely
Mary Fitch
George Unwins
John Bell and Ann Bell, National School

Henry Ashford
Alfred Ashford
William Benton
Thomas Brewer
George Britton
Henry Hammand
Thomas Scudder
George Sneezum

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Beer Houses.
William Cook (and corn dealer)
James Glassock
Isaac Fidgeon
John Totman (and thatcher)

Joseph Chapman
John Edwards
William Linggood (and foundry agent)

Boot and Shoe Makers.
Paul Coller
Thomas Finch
John Foster
Abraham Peek
William Rod

James Gusterson
Joseph Prentice

Francis Belcham
Daniel Watts
William Webster

Simon Chenery
James Low
James Sneezum
Jeremiah Stearns
Samuel Stearns
John Wagstaff

Corn Millers.
Rachel Audley and Sarah Ann Audley
George Britton
Benjamin Ruffle

Grocers, etc.
Theodore William Auger
Henry Coe
John Webb

Paul Bossi
Henry Grant
George Belcham

Mary Foster
Sarah Kemp
Emma Lancaster

Plumbers, Glaziers and Painters.
Charles Pashley
John Witham

Thomas Brown
E.H. Noone

William Dale
James Glassock
Henry Hammond
Elizabeth Prentice
John Smith

Straw Hat Makers
Sarah Carter
Mrs. Frost
Mary Twyne

William Coish
Peter Coller
Charles Count
West Croxson
George Freeman
Thomas Miller
Peter Pond

Henry Croxson
Samuel Morrill
John Witham

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