History of Rochford

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Stambridge Mill, Rochford, c.1955
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History of Rochford >> Pigot's Directory 1823

Pigot's Directory of Essex 1823 - 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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Ann Allen, ladies academy
William Bathurst, attorney
Eli Beckwith, day school
Michael Comport, attorney
Thomas Duwse, attorney
James Fairchild, surgeon and apocrathy
H.H. Fragniere, academy
John Grabham, surgeon
James Giles, insurance agent
William Jackson and George Jackson, auctioneers
Thomas Marsh
Thomas Merryfield
Rev. G.D. Mudie
Peter Pond, master of free school
William Raynham, veterinary surgeon
Rev. J.N. Sumner
Thomas Swaine, physician
G.H. Wilson, attorney and clerk
John Allen, carpenter and builder
Joseph Allen, painter
Henry Appleton, baker, and corn factor
George Arnold, carpenter
John Aylett, tailor

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John Barnes, barge owner
John Bedwell, boot and shoemaker
Joseph Bourne, shopkeeper
Hugh Brady, horse dealer
Esther Bright, butcher
John Bright, maltster
George Brocklehurst, draper
James Burgess, painter and plumber
George Burrows, saddle and harness maker
Charles Carter, bricklayer
William Carter, bricklayer
Isaac Clark, smith and farrier
William Clark, baker
Francis Codlin, smith and farrier
John Cole, baker and flour dealer
James Crick, nurseryman and seedsman
Susannah Foster, saddler, etc.
John Freeman, wheelwright
Francis Furner, watch and jewellery maker
Phillip Gullock, watchmaker
Isaac Harvey, draper and grocer
Jacob Harvey, baker and flour dealer
Thomas Hayward, carpenter and builder
C. Humpreys, plumber and glazier

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

Rochford - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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