History of Rochford

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History of Rochford >> White's Directory 1863

White's Directory of Essex 1863 - 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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Hugh Ackers, police superintendent
James Badderly, relieving officer and registrar
John Ball, coal dealer, East street
William Bishop, clothes and marine store dealer
Mrs Blackburn, East street
William Blanks, gun maker, stationer, toy dealer, and stamp distributor
Henry Bloomfield, hay and straw dealer
Pyke Burleigh, Esq., Church street
Rev. Cotton, Rectory
Mrs Mary Hannah Clayton, North street
William Early, porter at Workhouse
William Freeman, coach painter
Mrs Fry
Miss Richardson
John Graham, M.D., surgeon
John Green, surgeon
Athur Harrington, druggist and stationer
Rev. Thomas Hayward (Independent)
Robert Hill, law clerk
Richard Hodges, M.D. and surgeon
Edward Trotter Jackson, bank agent
William Henry Jackson, auctioneer, etc.
Samuel James and Son, cabinet makers, etc.
Thomas Keyes, printer, etc.
Mary Lazell, old clothes dealer
Thomas Marsh, gentleman
William May, law clerk
Henry Monk, upholsterer
Miss Sarah Monk
Mrs Osborne
John North, drill sergeant
Benjamin Pease, carrier
William Raynham, veterinary surgeon and druggist
James Richmond, customhouse officer
John Robinson, missionary
Thomas Salmon, high constable
Henry Scott, stationer and confectioner
Samuel Shelley, Gas Works manager
Joseph Shepherd, cowkeeper
Edward Simmons, veterinary surgeon
Nathaniel Simpson, fishmonger
Samuel Tabor, Esq., Hall
Arthur Tawke, Esq. M.D., The Lawn
William Topsfield, basket maker and postman
Barnabas Townsend, potash manufacturer
Rev. William Henry Tydeman (Baptist)
William Wilson and Mrs, master and matron, Union Workhouse
Henry Wood, postmaster, etc.

William Ayton Arthy (Swaine and Arthy)
William Gregson, union clerk, etc.
Swaine and Arthy
William Swaine (registrar of County Court, and clerk to magistrate)

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George Wood, High street

George Ayle
Thomas Baines, Stroud green
Samuel Goosey, Stroud green
John Howe, Stroud green
William Taylor Meeson, Doggetts
Jonathan Richardson

Inns and Taverns.
Crown, James Warren
King's Head, John Chapman
Marlborough Head, Samuel Mascall
New Ship, James Bowles
Old Ship, William Henry Jordon, and spirit merchant, cab owner, etc.
Vernon's Head, Samuel Barber

Miss Bews, infant
George Foster, boarding
Mrs Mathers
Misses May
John Mills, and bookbinder
John Popplewell, National School

Bakers, etc..
Henry Appleton
William Haylock
William Lancaster
Abraham Ling
William Mascall
George David Playle
Thomas Popplewell
Henry Scott stationer
Samuel Smith
Thomas Lewin Staggs

James Goodman
Charles Price
Joseph Warren
Rachel Wenden

George Beard
George Clark
Joseph Whittingham

Boot and Shoemakers.
James Banyard
Henry Blanks
John Hedgecock
Henry Mann
John Newman, and crier
Henry Orriss
Daniel Spooner
Samuel Steward
John Taylor Potter
John White
Henry Wood
William Wood

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

Rochford - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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