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History of Rayleigh >> White's Directory 1863

White's Directory of Essex 1863 - 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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Rev. Eli. Amery (Baptist)
George Baker, marine store dealer
Patrick Barry, policeman
George Belcham, gentleman,
George Belcham jun., insurance agent
John Belcham, draper and insurance agent
George Bell, registrar and relieving officer
John Bell, post office
Mrs Ann Bellingham
William Blomfleld and Son (Josiah Blomfleld), tailors, drapers, and insurance agents
Paul Bossi, tea dealers, etc.
Mrs Rebecca Britton, hurdle maker
Mr James Attridge Brown
James Byass, surgeon, Holly Trees
Mr Thomas Clarke
Richard Coles, surgeon
William Cook corn and leather dealer
William Cross, gent., Barringtons
Thomas Dennis, brewery manager
James Doubell, stationer, druggist, tea dealer, and insurance agent
Edward Essex, silk broker
Thomas Finch,, cattle dealer
Mr James Finch
Robert Fox, gentleman
Henry Freeman, musician
Richard Frost, glover Robert Frost, gent.
Mrs Lambert
W. Lone, gardener
Thomas May, cooper
George Mayhew, veterinary surgeon
Samuel Miner, plasterer, etc.
Stephen Miller, gardener
William Pissey, stationer, druggist, and insurance agent
James Rod, assistant overseer, appraiser, parish clerk and insurance agent
William Henry Rose, maltster, brewer, and brick maker, Anchor Brewery
Stephen Sellick, inland revenue officer
Charles Henry Sparrow, veterinary surgeon
Elizabeth Stammers, milliner
James Synnock, cabinet maker
Rev. William Twyne, M.A., rector
James Underwood, watchmaker, etc.
George Unwins, gentleman
Jonathan Webster, cattle dealer
Samuel Whistler, tinner and brazier
Rev. Frederick Thomas William Wintle, curate; b. Bowden's Farm

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Henry Gold Beadel, Lime House
William Isaac Belcham, Wheatleys
Richard Blakely, Bowden's
James Byass, Holly Trees
Charles Count, (and insurance agent)
William Dodd, Rayleigh Lodge
Henry Finch, (and horse dealer)
Thomas William Offin, Down Hall
Thomas Porter
Mrs Richmond
Mrs Elizabeth Wenden, Stephen's
John Wenden, White House

Inns and Taverns.
Crown, Charles Bright
Drovers' Arms, William Lincoln, and wood dealer
Half Moon, Edward Bright
Golden Lion, Neville Syer
White Horse, Mrs Mary Cook

Lydia Deeley
Robert Henson
Edward Judd, National School
Miss E Sopwith

Thomas Brewer
George Britton
John Goldstone
Joseph Pease
Noble Stavers Parker
John Smith
George Sneezum, corn dealer
Henry White

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

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