Bridge to Canvey Island, South Benfleet, c.1955Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of South Benfleet >> White's Directory 1863
If you wish to trace any of these people on the census returns, the nearest census date for this 1863 directory is the 1861 census. There are a number of commercial providers of census returns. These include:
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, smith and victualler, Anchor
William Barnes, farmer, Kent's Hill
James Blakeley, wheelwright, etc.
Edward Turner Blakeley, shoemaker
James Brewer, butcher
Henry Brewitt, shoemaker and parish clerk
Benjamin Ellis Brewitt, baker, etc.
Joseph Brown, farmer, Reed's Hill
Richard Carter, shoemaker,
James Cheesman, barge owner
William Clark farmer, Reed's Hill
Charles Daines, Crown Beerhouse
London Road, South BenfleetLow resolution copy courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay. Quality postcards of Essex.
Thomas Daines, carpenter
Simeon Dames, carpenter, Post Office
William Isaac Green, engineer
Rev. Thomas Julius Henderson, M.A., vicar
Israel Howard, corn merchant and barge owner
William Howard, corn merchant and barge owner
Henry George Kemp, farmer
Mrs Lavina Kernot, grocer, etc.
Thomas Kersey, farmer
Edward Key, barge builder
Robert Madgett, coal dealer and victualler, Hoy
Mr Daniel Nash
George Potter, butcher, baker, etc.
Frederick Scott, grocer and draper
Abraham Talbot, farmer
Mrs J. Smith
William Thomas, farmer
Mrs Hester Walker, Hadleigh House
Graham Wise, station master
Elijah Wiseman, sail maker
Mrs Maria Wood, 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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