West Mersea, c.1955Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of West Mersea >> 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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Manassah Banks, Post Office
George Brand, victualler, Victory
James Brown, pork butcher
William Cause, saddler, etc.
Miss Sarah Ann Digby, schoolmistress
George Gladwell, thatcher
Hugh Green, surgeon.
Miss Sarah King, victualler, White Hart
John Carter Ladbrook, builder, etc.
Robert Munson, wheelwright
Joseph Munson, blacksmith
William Munson, tailor
James Mussett, jnr., fish and coal merchant, and bathing machine owner
Miss Elizabeth Pitman, schoolmistress
Alfred Fallen, parish clerk
Isaac Reed, rat catcher
William Richardson, coal and corn merchant
William Rogers, shopkeeper and victualler, Fox
William Sheldrake, beerseller
John Underwood, coast guard officer
Rev. Edward Flavell Ventris, M.A, vicar and surrogate
Thomas Wyatt, shipwright
White Hart Corner, West MerseaLow resolution copy courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay. Quality postcards of Essex.
Frederick Smith, and corn miller
Boot and Shomakers.
John Bacon, butcher
Henry Bean, Well House
Edwin Bean, Waldegraves
Mrs. Eleanor Bonner
Jeffery Harvey, Bower Hall
George Mason, West Hall
James Mason, Peete Hall
Joseph Watson, Hocking Hall
Mrs. Sarah Kemp
Oyster Merchants and Fowlers.
Henry John May
J. Mussett, jnr.
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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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