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History of Rochford >> White's Directory 1848 - Part 1

White's Directory of Essex 1848 - 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. Edward Archer M.A., curate
William Arthy, bookseller, etc.
Thomas Beard, carrier
William Blanks, gun maker, etc.
James Boosey, nurseryman and seedsman
Samuel Boosey, farmer, Stroud Green
Alfred Borham, farmer, Swains
Mr. Patrick Brady
Mrs. E. Carter
Samuel Bruce, millwright
Charles Carter, ironmonger, upholsterer, and agricultural implement dealer
William Carter, bricklayer and mason
John Church, manager, Gas Works
Thomas Coolbear, farmer
Michael Comport, solicitor, and Union clerk and superintendent registrar
William Francis and Charles Francis, malsters; house: Hawkwell
Rev. William Gardiner M.A., rector
James Giles, Esq., banker
William Gregson, solicitor
Joseph Alfred Hardcastle, brewer and spirit merchant, Stambridge
Rev. Thomas Haywood, Independent
Thomas Newton Haywood, Excise Officer
Abraham Howe, farmer
Edward Trotter Jackson, bank clerk
William Henry Jackson, auctioneer, printer.
Thomas Johnson, bricklayer
Frederick Keys, clerk
William Lancaster, turner and confectioner
John Le Grys, cabinet maker and turner
Algernon William Low, police superintendent
David Marsh, sail maker
Thomas Hunt Marsh, gentleman
Mr. William May
Mrs Monk
W.T. Meeson, farmer
John Mills, bookbinder
James Morris, farmer, Old Farm
Joseph Murrell, glover
Mr. John Osborne
John Popplewell, schoolmaster
William Quy, auctioneer, ironmonger, barge owner
William Henry Rankin, corn miller, barge owner, coal merchant
James Richmond, principal coast office
Thomas Salmon, wine and spirit merchant, and high constable
Thomas Scott, bookseller and confectioner
Ralph Silversides, farmer
Thomas Starling, master of Union Workhouse
William Swaine, solicitor, and clerk to county court and magistrates
Mr. Samuel Tabor
William Topsfield, basket maker and parish clerk

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Barnabas Townsend, potash manufacturer
Henry Weston, accountant
Thomas White, postmaster
George Wood, solicitor
Stephen Jones Woodthorp, farmer, Crested Hall

Inns and Taverns.
Peter Wright, Crown
William Sorrell, Horse and Groom
John Offord, King's Head
Elizabeth Piper, Marlborough Head
Charles Bailey, New Ship
Thomas Dennis, Old Ship
William Garon, Vernon's Head

Mrs. Allen
Mrs. B. Brady
Mrs. Lamprell and Miss Eastwood
Mary Ann Osborne
John Popplewell, National School
Thomas Richardson
Miss Thorn

Henry Appleton
William Clark
John Coe
William Harvey
Abraham Ling
Samuel Smith

William Brown
Thomas Fisher
Benjamin Howe

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

Rochford - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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