History of Rochford

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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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Francis Moss, hair dresser
George Naunton, watch and clock maker
Thomas William Offin, auctioneer
John Edwin Osborne, excise officer
William Palmer, butcher
Payne and Thorogood, linen drapers
George Playle, baker
Thomas Popplewell and George Popplewell, linen drapers
Thomas Popplewell, baker
Thomas John Potter, grocer
Charles Price, beer retailer, Stroud Green
Henry Prior, New Ship PH
Mrs. Emily Quinton, dress maker
William Quy, ironmonger
Thomas Raymond, cooper
Miss Sarah Raynham, ladies' school
Joseph Reeve, auctioneer; and at Southend
Walter Joseph Richmond, master mariner
William Thomas Richmond, master mariner
George Robinson, beer retailer
Frederick Scott, grocer and seedsman
Henry Scott, stationer and confectioner
Mrs. Emma Shelley, grocer
Edward Simmons, veterinary surgeon
Samuel Smith, baker
Ratcliff Smoothey, thatcher
Trotter Jackson Edward, bank manager
Daniel Spooner, shoe maker
Thomas Lewin Staggs, baker
Samuel Steward, boot and shoe maker

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Walter Stock, butcher
William George Stock, butcher
John Taylor, boot and shoe maker
Timothy Thorogood, gardener
James Underwood, watch maker
Mrs. Hannah Ventris, day schoo
James Warren, Crown PH
Joseph Warren, shopkeeper
Edward Watts, builder
Godfrey Webster, butcher
Miss Mercy West, dress maker
John White, boot and shoe maker
Joseph Whittingham, coach builder and wheelwright
William Whittingham, wheelwright
Misses Elizabeth Wiggins and Susannah Wiggins, milliners
William Vincent Wilson, insurance agent
George Winterbon, linen draper
Henry Wood, assistant overseer, estate agent, registrar of marriages
William Wood, shoe maker William Wood, shopkeeper
William Carter Wood, accountant
George Woods, Marlborough Head PH

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

Rochford - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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