History of Ridgewell (Ridgwell)

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History of Ridgewell (Ridgwell) >> Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.

If you wish to trace any of these people on the census returns, the nearest census date for this 1874 directory is the 1871 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 Winch, parish clerk
Miss R. Lovegrove, school mistress
Joseph Theophilus Cock
George Dixon
Rev. Alfred Amoss Dowsett, independent
Rev. Francis Thomas Hurst, M.A., vicar
Thomas Allen, beer retailer
William Bartrup, grocer and draper
John Richard Chaplin, farmer and landowner, Three Chimneys
William Merrington Chaplin, miller and farmer, Moat Farm
William Fitch, farmer
Charles Gibblin, farmer, Ridgewell Hall
George Gunn, tailor and postmaster
Henry Kimmings Hemsted, seed grower
George Jarvis, baker and grocer
Gregory Lacy, farmer
Mrs. Mary Lilley, shopkeeper
William Norden, farmer, Hill farm
John Pannell, farmer
Mrs. Elizabeth Reeve, farmer and beer retailer
Joseph Ridley, blacksmith, Essex Hall
Mrs. Mary Ann Sharp, farmer
George Sibley, farmer
William Siggs, farmer, Great Norton
David Smee, shoe maker
George Smith, beer retailer
Thomas William Smith, King's Head PH
David Ward, blacksmith and shopkeeper
Miss Emily Ward, straw bonnet maker
Robert Ward, carpenter
Thomas James Whitlock, miller
John Yeldham, farmer
Thomas Yeldham, farmer, Little Norton

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

Ridgewell - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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