History of West Mersea
The Strood, West Mersea, c.1955
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of West Mersea >> 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.
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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John Bacon, butcher
Henry Banks, tailor
William Boley, shoemaker
John Collard, coast guard
Charles Downes, miller and baker
William Francis, policeman
Daniel Halls, coal and corn merchant
John Haxall, parish clerk
Lieut, J.B. Kooystra, commander of the coast guard schooner
John Ladbrook, bricklayer
William McCullen, riding officer
Henry John May, oyster merchant
Thomas May, Esq.
Joseph Munson, blacksmith
Samuel Munson, wheelwright
William Munson, tailor
John Sargeant Norman, surgeon
Miss Overall, schoolmistress
Stephen Overall, coal merchant
William Skelton, decoyman
Charles Southgate, ship owner
William Robert Stedman, victualler, White Hart
Capt. Alfred Edward Williams, Hall
White Hart Corner, West Mersea
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George Croyden, Brick House
Thomas Fenner, (and baker)
Martin Harvey, Pette Hall
Thomas Green Harvey
Henry Medcalf Hawes
Joseph Watson, Bocking Hall
Fishermen (Oysters, etc.)
Henry John May
William White (and draper)
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West Mersea - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
West Mersea - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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