History of Wakes Colne

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Watch House, Wakes Colne.
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White's Directory of Essex 1848 - 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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Rev. J.A. Beckett B.A., curate
Edward Brett, Esq., Fishers
Mrs. Mary Brett, Colne Place
Elizabeth Bull, Post Office
Sarah Fairhead, beerhouse
Christopher Sadler Farrow, corn and oil miller
Joseph Frost, carrier to Colchester
Rev. Francis Sylevester Grimston, Rectory
William Payne, higgler
Robert Poole, wheelwright
Henry Skingley, Esq., Wakes Hall
Charles Taylor, parish clerk; h Chappel

Thomas Bones
Sarah Fairhead
John Farrow; house Chappel
John Thomas Harvey, Old House
William Johnson, Norman's
Robert Lay, Lane
Thomas Letherdale
Edward Legerton, Little Loveney Hall
John Newman, Butts Farms
Zachariah Pettitt, Fishers; house Bures
John Potter, Leverett
John Smith, Goodwin's
James Wilkin, Jordans
William Worcester, Creping Hall

William Arthy
John Smith

James Letherdale
James Wisbrow

Charles Gaywood
Philip Harrington
Anthony Patten

Philip Harrington
George Hum
James Wendon

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Wakes Colne - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

Wakes Colne - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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