History of Rayleigh
Old White Horse, Rayleigh.
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History of Rayleigh >> White's Directory 1848
White's Directory of Essex 1848 - list of inhabitants.
If you wish to trace any of these people on the census returns, the nearest census date for this 1848 directory is the 1851 census.
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
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
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
Henry Beadel, Lime House
William Isaac Belcham (and salesman)
John Lamprill, White House
James Richmond, Weirs
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
John Bell and Ann Bell, National School
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William Cook (and corn dealer)
John Totman (and thatcher)
William Linggood (and foundry agent)
Boot and Shoe Makers.
Rachel Audley and Sarah Ann Audley
Theodore William Auger
Plumbers, Glaziers and Painters.
Straw Hat Makers
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