This page is one of a series of county listings which are being developed to bring together biographical information relating to localities throughout the British Isles which is currently scattered in other sections of the Exeter Working papers. They are not intended as exhaustive listings. The main sources covered are bankruptcy notices 1731-1806, apprenticeships 1710-1777 and insurance policies 1775-1787. Other information is being added and entries amalgamated as information is available. In Surrey there is a particularly full listing of the Croydon book trades to about 1860. Names towards the end of the list have not yet been amalgamated.
CROYDON. Directories searched: Universal British: c.1793U; Holden: 1799H, 1802H, 1805H, 1809H, 1811H; Underhill: 1817U, 1822U; Pigot: 1823P, 1824P, 1826P, 1832P, 1839P; Robson: 1838R; Kelly: 1845K, 1851K; Hodson: 1855H; Gray: 1851G, 1853G, 1859G, 1861G.
Appleby, Walford, engraver to calico printers, Croydon, North End 1832P-1839P. Died 19 Nov. 1867 aged 81. Wife Mary died 15 Feb. 1857, aged 67, both buried St. James's Churchyard. Lived for many years at what is now 45, North End. See also Thrale and Appleby. Source: Croydon in the past 70.
Butt, Jane, stationer and milliner, Croydon: South End, High Street 1838R; High Street 1839P1-145P. Only described as stationer in 1838R. Mary Ann Butt, milliner, listed in Coomb Street 1832P, possibly the same as Ann Butt, wife of William George, blacksmith who died 1 June 1882 aged 66, bur. St. Peter's Churchyard. Source: Croydon in the past 90.
Chapman, James Edward, toy dealer, stationer and brush seller, Croydon: High Street 1832P. Described as pastry cook and confectioner, High Street 1845K. Possibly the same as James Chapman, died 24 Mar. 1852 aged 80, bur. St. John's Churchyard. Source: Croydon in the past 31.
Durban, Frederick John, bookseller, bookbinder, newsagent, Croydon: High Street 1838R-1839P, 1851K; George Street 1845K; Chapel Path 1857; side of Town Hall 1851G; 48, North End 1853G; 22, Tamworth Road 1853G; 85, North End 1859G; 106, High Street 1861G-1873. Died 4 Apr. 1873, bur. Croydon Cemetery. Agent for Mutual Insurance Benefit Institution 1839P. Pensioned letter carrier and one of the most extensive newsagents in Croydon. Source: Croydon in the past 139.
Gray and Warren, printers, booksellers, music sellers, stationers, newsagents, Croydon: 131, High Street 1855H-1861G. Subscription library, stamp office, stereoscopic circulating library, pianoforte tuners, agents to Norwich Union Fire and Life Insurance Co., publishers of Croydon directory 1859G. Adverts 1859G, pp. 192, 212, 222-3, 236, 242-4; 1861G pp. 237-8, 252, 260-1, 265, 277, 279.
Gray, John, printer, bookseller, music seller, stationer, news vendor, circulating library, Croydon: 131, High Street 1845K-1853G. Born 2 Jun. 1807; died 20 May 1877, bur. Croydon Cemetery. Appriaser to trade 1845K. Stamp office, agent for Norwich Union 1851G. Adverts 1851G pp. 159, 197, 202, 204; 1853G pp. 193, 205, 216, 228. Retired to Buckland Lodge. Source: Croydon in the past 180.
Harding, Timothy, printer, bookseller, stationer, Croydon: 1793U-1823P; High Street 1823P. Died 13 Jan. 1825 aged 76, buried St. John's Churchyard. Premises named as Minervas Office 1822U. Kept circulating librasry, mainly jobbing work. Author of Beauties of Sanderstead. Source: Croydon in the past 41.
Markby, Frederick, bookseller, stationer, library, Croydon: High Street 1832P. Died 21 May 1833, bur. St. John's Churchyard. Also stamp distributor and agent to British Insurance Co. 1832P. Source: Croydon in the past 45.
Markby, Mary Ann. Mrs, bookseller, stationer, Croydon: High Street 1838R-1845K. Died 3 Nov. 1849, aged 56, bur. St. John's Churchyard. Also stamp distributor and agent to Westminster Insurance Co. 1839P. The family's shop was at the entrance to Park Street. Source: Croydon in the past 45.
Markby, James, bookseller, stationer, circulating library, Croydon: 1793U-1823P; High Street 1805H-1823P. Died 30 Nov. 1822, aged 69, bur. St. John's Churchyard. Only described as hairdresser and peruke maker 1793U, as perfumer 1805H-1809H. Also agent to British Fire Office 1811H-1822U, stamp office 1823P. The family's shop was at the entrance to Park Street. Source: Croydon in the past 45.
Newton, Charles, bookseller, bookbinder, stationer, newsagent, Croydon: High Street 1845K; 146, High Street 1851G-1861G; Post Office 1855H; private residence 24 North End 1853G-1861G. Died 22 Apr. 1842, aged 45, bur. St. John's Churchyard. Previously corn dealer in Church Street 1823P, North End 1826P-1839P, High Street 1838R. Also coal dealer 1826P. Circulating library and depot for Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge 1851K. Agent to Union Insurance 1851G. Source: Croydon in the past 52.
Parker, James, newsvendor, tobacconist, Croydon: Church Street 1845K, 26, Church Street 1851K, 27, Church Street 1851G-1859G. Died 28 Mar 1860, aged 47, bur. St. James Churchyard. South Eastern Gazette agency 1851G-1859G. Succeeded by widow. Source: Croydon in the past 67
Roffey, Henry, bookseller, Croydon: 1881-82. Died 10 Nov 1881, aged 31, bur. St. Peter's Churchyard. A young man of great promise. He had only (on his marriage with Miss Entwistle) taken over the business of Mr. Francis Warren, booksellers, about 12 months befpore his lamented death. Source: Croydon in the past 75
Spiers, George, newsagent, Croydon: 23, High Street 1859G. Died 1 Oct 1859, aged 28, bur. St. James's Churchyard. Agent to Surrey Gazette. Was to have become reporter to a Lewes paper. Source: Croydon in the past 64
Thrale, Ralph, engraver, whitesmith and bellhanger, Croydon: Butcher Row 1832P. Died 21 June 1843, aged 62, bur. St. John's Churchyard. Succeeded Peter Pidgeon as trunkmaker in Scarbrook Hill 1829, disposed of business to Hammond & Purrott. See also Walford Appleby. Listed as ironmonger in Surrey Street 1838R. Source: Croydon in the past 53.
Weller, Thomas, bookseller, stationer, music seller, newsvendor etc, Croydon: High Street 1823P-1839P, 2 High Street 1851G-1859G. At various times also described as perfumer, toy dealer, pianoforte seller. Active as watch and clock maker from 1802H. Agent for Surrey Standard, local secretary for Art Union, agent for Imperial life, St. Anne's Society Schools. Adverts 1853G, p. 200, 1859G, p. 203, 1861G, p. 251.
Wildgoose, George, stationer, Croydon: 1793U. Died 26 Feb 1806, aged 61, bur. St. John's Churchyard. Listed as surveyor, his main occupation, 1802H. Widow Anne died 9 July 1824 aged 84. Source: Croydon in the past 14
This page last updated 27 Feb 2005
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