History of Toppesfield
The Village Pump, Toppesfield, c.1960
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of Toppesfield >> White's Directory 1863
White's Directory of Essex 1863 - list of inhabitants.
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.
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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George Barker, blacksmith and wheelwright
John Brown, blacksmith
George Butcher, carrier
Marshall Cooke, police officer
Thomas Gross, blacksmith
John Gumming, saddler, etc.
Ezekiah Dowsett, carpenter
John Eley, corn miller
Rev. Charles John Gooch, Rectory
Mr F.C. Hardy (son of Mr John Hardy)
William Manning, tailor and parish clerk
Stephen Piper, poulterer
Charles Seaman, victualler, Green Man
Eliza Smart, straw plat maker
Lewis Steward, corn miller
Farmers (* are owners.)
Robert Ashby, Ongars
William Briggs, Oliver's
Robert Cutler, Hurrells
Charles Darby, Bradfields
Daniel Downes, Meekings
* Robert Dowsett, Grey's
John Eley, Husees
Susan Eley, Berwick Hall
Alfred Henry Freeborn, Gust Hall
Charles Golding, Lewsey's
Thomas Hardy, Gainsford
John Hardy (and miller,) Flowers Hall
* Robert Hutton, Toppesfield Hall
Henry Metson, Gooseleys
George Pitcher, Thurstons
* Robert Ezekiel Smith
Charles Tottman, Dog House
Francis Whitlook, Hill Farm
John Whitlock, Scotneys
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Toppesfield - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Toppesfield - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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