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History of Rochford >> Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - 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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William Ayton Arthy
Rev. Benjamin Cotton, M..A., rector, Rectory
George Herbert Durrant
William White Gillingham
Arthur Harrington, Swaine's
Rev. Thomas Hayward (Independent)
Edward Trotter Jackson
Thomas King, M.D.
Thomas Hurst Marsh
Henry Mew
Arthur Tawke, J.P., The Lawn
George Wood
George Wood, jnr., Lock's Hill
John Allen, carpenter
Mrs. Mary Allen, dress maker
William Ayton Arthy (firm, Swaine and Arthy), solicitor
Robert Asbey, plumber and glazier
William Barnes, beer retailer
George Baynes, shoe maker
William Beard, blacksmith
George Bishop, hawker
William Bishop, draper
Henry Blanks, shoe maker
Henry Bloomfield, carter
Mrs. Sarah Jane Boosey, lodging house
William Bowell, boot and shoe maker
Amos Brown, King's Head Hotel
Mrs. Elizabeth Brown, fancy repository
Henry Brown, shopkeeper
Henry Davis Brown, Old Ship Inn
George Burgess, plumber, painter and g1azier
Jacob Butcher, greengrocer
Arthur Carey, engineer
Mrs. David Carter, stone mason and builder
Thomas Carter, shopkeeper
George Clark and Son, blacksmiths
William Clark, cab proprietor
William Collis, tinman and brazier
Co-Operative Stores, grocers, etc. (Frederick Sach, manager)

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Samuel Crick, clothier
Samuel Davies, shopkeeper
Charles Eve, customs officer
Essex Provident Society (David Ling, collector)
William Garrad, builder
Jesse David Garrood, ironmonger and postmaster
Gas Works (John Cowling, manager; George Wood, secretary)
George Golding, bricklayer
George Goodman, saddler and harness maker
Gower, Son and Josling, grocers
William Gregson, solicitor
Samuel Thomas Gwynn, relieving officer
William Hardy, plumber and painter
William Hart, butcher
Daniel Harvey, beer retailer
John Hedgecock, boot and shoe maker
Thomas Robert Hunt, tailor
Edward Trotter Jackson, manager bank
Samuel James, furniture broker
Misses Eliza Johnson and Hephzibah Johnson, dress maker
Thomas Johnson, bricklayer
Nathan Kemp, builder
Thomas King, M.D., surgeon and registrar of births and deaths
William Lancaster, baker
William Liddle, tailor
David Ling, cabinet maker
Mrs. Eliza Ling, baker
Miss Mary Ann Marsh, linen draper
Thomas Martin, beer retailer
Samuel Marven, coal dealer
Thomas Lindell Mascall, carpenter
Robert May, farmer, Stroud Green
William Taylor Meeson, farmer, lime and coal merchant, Great Doggetts

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

Rochford - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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