History of South Benfleet

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History of South Benfleet >> White's Directory 1848

White's Directory of Essex 1848 - list of inhabitants.

If you wish to trace any of these people on the census returns, the nearest census date for this 1848 directory is the 1851 census. There are a number of commercial providers of census returns. These include:


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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.

My ancestor lived here at this time, but why aren't they listed here? Answer: Not everyone appeared in a trade directory. Please read our Trade Directories article.

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Charles Andrews, blacksmith
George Osbourne Andrews, farmer, Javis Hall
George Archer, barge agent
William Barnes, farmer, Kent's Hall
William Benton, farmer
Edward Blakely, shoemaker
Thomas Blakely, wheelwright
Thomas Blakely, wheelwright
Henry Brewitt, shoemaker
Henry Backenham, butcher
William Cross, barge owner
Thomas Daines
Simeon Daines

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William Freeman
James Garrard, shoemaker
John Harridge, butcher
Mary Ann Hills, shopkeeper
Mary Ann Howard, barge owner
William Howard, Wharf
Rev. H.R. Lloyd M.A., vicar
John Lockwood, victualler, Hoy
Henry Lucking, victualler, Anchor
Daniel Mansfield, shoemaker
Daniel Nash, farmer
Charles palmer, baker and coal merchant
James Potter, farmer, Read's Hill
James Robinson, farmer
Miss C.E. Sopwith, boarding school, Rose Cottage
William Sopwith, grocer and farmer
James Spencer, baker
Maria Swain, shopkeeper
William Thomas
James Wilkins, farmer

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South Benfleet - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

South Benfleet - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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