History of Rayleigh

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History of Rayleigh >> Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - 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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William Isaac Relcham, Rayleigh House
William Blomfield
James Byass, Holly Trees
Richard Coles, M.R.C.S
Edward Charles Essex
James Finch
Robert Fox
Francis Dorren Grayson, M.R.C.B
Joseph Hallam
Rev. Charles Thomas Keen, (Baptist)
Charles Knightbridge
Rev. Joseph Duncan Mac, vicar, M.A., Rectory
Rev. Wi1liam Nockells, M.A.
Thomas Offin, Down Hall
William Henry Rose, Barringtons
Charles Syer
John Woolston
Josiah Aaron Adey, confectioner
John Allen, farmer, Lodge
George Baker, shopkeeper
Henry Baldwin and Son, carpenters and undertakers
Charles Barker, horse dipper
John Belcham, linen and woollen draper
William Isaac Belcham, farmer, Rayleigh House
William Isaac Belcham, jun., farmer, Great Wheatley
Thomas Bingham, marine store dealer
Josiah Blomfield, linen and woollen draper
William George Brewer, baker
Henry Britton, farmer
John Britton and Samuel Britton, millers and bakers
Mrs. Rebecca Britton, carrier
George Brown, sadler; and at Prittlewell
Jesse Ambrose Brown, Half Moon PH
Byass and Grayson, surgeons
John Byford, beer retailer
William Chapman, engineer and general smith
William Clemance, grocer and clothier
Richard Coles, surgeon; and at Wickford
Cornelius Coller, tailor
Ignatius Coller, White Horse PH
John Cook, boot and shoe maker
William Cook, hay and corn dealer and leather seller
Henry Croxson, painter and glazier
Misses Mary Deeley and Emma Deeley, ladies' school
James Devenish, Crown Hotel
George William Dixey, butcher
Charles Dixon, clothier and draper
John Edwards, beer retailer and blacksmith
Joseph Thorn Edwards, baker
John EnnaIs, road surveyo
Henry Finch, farmer
Thomas Finch, boot and shoe maker
Thomas Finch, cattle dealer
William Finch, farmer

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William Foster, miller, Two Mills
George Freeman, tailor
John Frost, beer retailer
Richard Frost, grocer
Mrs. Sarah Frost, straw bonnet maker
Gas Works (John Belcham, manager)
Samuel Gilson, grocer
John Goldstone, baker
Henry Grant, ironmonger
James Gusterson, bricklayer
Richard Beaumont Harrington, pharmaceutical chemist and stationer
Robert Henson, collegiate school
John Hill, music seller and organist
George Horner, pork butcher
George Howard, marine store dealer
Henry Hunt, watch maker
John James, shoe maker
Edward Judd, assistant overseer, land, estate and business agent
Samuel Kerry, pork butcher
James King, shopkeeper
John Atkins Laver, farmer, Turret House
Thomas Lazell, beer retailer
Mrs. Ann Lincoln, Drovers' Arms PH
William Linggood and George Linggood, blacksmiths
James Loker, shoe maker
William Loker, grocer
William Mays, cooper
Edward Moore, beer retailer
James Moss, hair dresser
Thomas Offin, farmer and auctioneer, Down Hall
George Olley, boot and shoe maker
Joseph Pease, jun., baker
William Pease, farmer
William Pissey, pharmaceutical chemist and stationer
Charles Porter, baker
John Rainer, watch maker
George Saward, hair dresser
John Smith, bricklayer
George Sneezum, baker
Misses Sarah Sopwith and Caroline Sopwith, boarding school
Charles Henry Sparrow, veterinary surgeon
John Edwards Spinks, grocer
Miss Fanny Syer, Golden Lion PH
James Neville Syer, plumber and glazier
Daniel Thorogood, shopkeeper
Miss Elizabeth Turn, dress maker
Arthur James Upson, saddler and harness maker
Samuel Waight, gardener
Edward Wallis, painter
Joseph Webb, wheelwright
Joseph Webster, butcher
Mark Wenden and John Wenden, farmers
Edward Wicks, shopkeeper
John Pryce Williams, registrar of births and deaths and relieving officer
Henry Witham and John Witham, wheelwrights
John Woolston, brewer, wine and spirit merchant

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