History of Toppesfield

Toppesfield, the Village Pump c1960.  (Neg. T119001)  © Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005. http://www.frithphotos.com
Toppesfield, the Village Pump c1960
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History of Toppesfield >> White's Directory 1863

White's Directory of Essex 1863 - 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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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
William Matthews
Thomas Perry
Henry Metson, Gooseleys
George Pitcher, Thurstons
Joseph Smith
* Robert Ezekiel Smith
Charles Tottman, Dog House
Francis Whitlook, Hill Farm
John Whitlock, Scotneys

Alfred Letch
Charles Tottman

Daniel Chatters
James Hardy
Alfred Letch
Isaac Smee
John Smee

James Butcher
Charlotte Dowsett
Robert Hardy
Alfred Letch
Thomas Smee

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