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Rainham, Melville & Co.'s Directory 1858

Transcribed by David Auger

Rainham is a village, four miles from Rochester, east, and six miles from Sittingbourne, west. The population in 1851 was 1,155. The church is a handsome building, and stands close to the high road. The living is a vicarage, in the gift of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and incumbency of the Rev. John POORE, D.D..

Lower Rainham and Rainham Quay are one mile north; Moor Street, half a mile east; Cozenton, half a mile north; Muckland, half a mile north; Metley Hill, two miles N.E.; Silvain, half a mile south; Sharp Green and Tweedale, two miles N.W., have a quay; Berengrave, Desborough, and Mardale, are places near here.

POST-OFFICE - Caroline BLEEZE, Receiver. The nearest Money Order Office is at Chatham.


ABBOTT, Mrs. Mary
DODD, Mrs.
COLE, Rev. George, Curate
WALTER, William, Esq., Berengrave House
WATEHURST, James, Mardale House


ALLEN, Stephen, beer retailer
ALLSWORTH, William Joseph, tailor
ALLSWORTH, William Joseph, Lion
ATKINS, James, maltster
BEAUMONT, Edward, boot and shoe maker
BLEEZE, Caroline, baker and post-office
BOORMAN, Edward, wheelwright
BURLEY, William, tailor
DENNIS, Thomas, shopkeeper, Lower Rainham
DODD, Thomas, farmer
EVERIST, W. B., surgeon
GILBERT, Thomas, farmer
GORRETT, Edward, saddle and harness maker
GREEN, Daniel, farmer
HARRIS, George, Cricketers
KNIGHT, Thomas, Three Mariners
KITCHINGHAM, Henry, George and Dragon
LANGLEY, George, nursery and seedsman
MADDOCKS, Robert, butcher
MANSFIELD, James, farmer
MILES, James Luke, farmer
MOSS, William, grocer and draper
PACKMAN, William H., farmer
PAYE, Elizabeth, corn factor
PENFOLD, Henry, surgeon
PHILPOTT, Thomas, gardener, etc.
POPE, George, blacksmith
PRENTIS, Walter, farmer
RICH, Charles, farmer
RITCHINGHAM, William, beer retailer
SAYER, Charles, White Horse
SIMMONS, Joseph, wheelwright, etc.
STEVENS, Thomas, market gardener
SMART, William, farmer
TAYLOR, James, carpenter
TAYLOR, James, jun., plumber and glazier
TURNER, George, shopkeeper
WAKELY, Thomas (executors of), farmers, etc.
WATSON, Robert, butcher
WATSON, Robert Durrant, farmer
WILKINS, James, farmer
WYLES, Thomas, beer retailer and shopkeeper