History of Rayleigh

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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. There are a number of commercial providers of census returns. These include:


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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.

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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James Bright
Thomas Dennis
Edward Moore,
Ann Oakes

Henry James Andrews
William Chapman
William Linggood
Isaac Rowland

Boot and Shoemakers.
Paul Coller
John Cook
Thomas Finch
George Johnson
James Loker
George May

Charles Brewer
Thomas Godfrey
James Gusterson
Lewis Linggood
Joseph Prentice
John Smith
James Smith and w. Smith
C. and A. Smith
John Wallis

Francis Belcham
John Homer
Oliver Homer
Daniel Watts
William Webster

Henry Baldwin
Charles Ellis and E. Ellis
Richard French
Robert Little
Thomas Livermore
James Lowe
Joseph Morris

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Corn Millers.
William Bingham
George Britton
Charles Richard Knightbridge

Grocers,, etc.
Frederick Spinks and John Spinks
William Coleman and insurance agent
Henry Everest, and china, etc., dealer
Charles Syer

James Moss
George Saward, and seedsman

William Chapman
Henry Grant, and upholsterer

Plumbers, Glaziers and Painters.
Henry Croxon
Francis Mountain
James Syer
Samuel Waight
Edward Wallis

Saddlers, etc.
Thomas Brown
George Brown
John Loton Noone

W. Bloomfleld and Son
Ignatius Coller
George Freeman

Eli Smith
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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