History of Rayleigh
Rayleigh (date unknown).
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History of Rayleigh >> White's Directory 1863
White's Directory of Essex 1863 - list of inhabitants.
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If you wish to trace any of these people on the census returns, the nearest census date for this 1863 directory is the 1861 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.
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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Henry James Andrews
Boot and Shoemakers.
James Smith and w. Smith
C. and A. Smith
Charles Ellis and E. Ellis
High Street, Rayleigh
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Charles Richard Knightbridge
Frederick Spinks and John Spinks
William Coleman and insurance agent
Henry Everest, and china, etc., dealer
George Saward, and seedsman
Henry Grant, and upholsterer
Plumbers, Glaziers and Painters.
John Loton Noone
W. Bloomfleld and Son
Henry Witham and John Witham
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Rayleigh - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Rayleigh - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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