History of Rochford

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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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John Johnson, boot and shoemaker
Thomas Kelly, tailor
William Kernot, chemists and druggist
William Legreys, draper and tailor
James Livermore, cooper
William Livermore, butchers
Samuel Mascall, joiner and carpenter
William Miller, gardener and seedsman
John Newman, boot and shoemaker
Samuel Paprill, tailor
Benjamin Phillips, clothier
John Potter, fishmonger
Thomas Quy and William Quy, cabinet makers
Charles Richardson, hairdresser and stationer
John Round, draper and grocer
M.A Rowles, straw hat maker
Thomas Rowles, grocer, etc.
Thomas Salmon, wine and brandy merchant
John Sandford, boot and shoemaker
Thomas Scott, confectioner and tea dealer
Thomas Smith, butcher

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James Thorn, builder
John Thorn, draper, grocer, etc.
William Topsfield, basket maker
Henry Townsend, carpenter and builder
Edward Trotter, ironmonger
George Turner, boot and shoemaker
Asser Vassall, joiner, etc.
James Whittaker, tailor and draper
John White, boot and shoemaker
Mary White, milliner
Thomas White, leather seller
Hannah Wiggins, milliner
William Wood, boot and shoemaker

Inns, Taverns and Public Houses.
Crown, John Copsall
Horse and Groom, J. Fairchild
King's Head, Mary Wilson
Marlborough Head, John Maddocks
New Ship, George Arnold
Old Ship, Thomas Merryfield
Vernon's Head inn, Samuel Wickers

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

Rochford - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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