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History of Ridgewell (Ridgwell) >> White's Directory 1848
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. There are a number of commercial providers of census returns. These include:
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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George Allen, blacksmith
Henry Battram, victualler King's Head
Rev. Samuel Bridge, (Indept. Min)
Joseph Brown, bricklayer
William Bowman, painter, plumber, etc.
Rev. Francis Forster M.A., Vicarage
John Paul, gentleman, Richmond Place
Allen Ward, wheelwright and blacksmith
Farmers ( * are Owners.)
John Chaplin, (Executors of,) Three Chimneys
* Joseph Chaplin, New House
* Joseph Cock, Town Farm
Henry Coppin, West-End
* William Fitch, (and butcher) Town Farm
William Fitch jun.,
William Gibbons, Hill Farm
Charles Giblin, Ridgwell Hall
George Sharp, Essex Farm
Philip Shelly, (Executors of,) Norton
Mrs. Smoothy, Causeway
John Yeldham, Norton
William Bartrup (and parish clerk)
Henry Kimmances Hemstead
John T. Newling, (and beerhouse)
Straw Bonnet Makers.
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