THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF THE PRINCIPAL INHABITANTS OF MINEHEAD IN 1790, SURNAME FIRST.

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GENTRY
Carpenter, Robert, Gent.
Lyddon, James, Gent.
Mackenzie, Murdock, Lieutenant, Navy.
Priest, Peter, Gent.
Sydenham, Samuel, Gent.

CLERGY
Knyfton, Rev.George.

PHYSIC
Ball, Henry. Surgeon
Ball, Philip. Surgeon
Question, John. Surgeon

LAW
Bastone, Francis. Attorney
Warren, Samuel. Attorney
Webber, Gregory. Attorney.

TRADERS ETC.
Atkins, John. Sadler
Adams, John. Mercer
Allaway, Samuel. Staymaker.
Avery, William. Supervisor of Excise.
Baker, Thomas. Glazier.
Baker, Richard. Searcher of the Salt Duties.
Blake, Thomas. Tide-waiter.*
Blake, Robert. Clothier.
Blake, Francis. Merchant.
Bourchier, John. Butcher
Bourchier, Samuel. Butcher.
Barrett, William. Excise-officer
Berry, William. Clock-maker.
Callaway, James. Cordwainer.
Chappell, John. Woollen-draper.
Cragg, Matthew. Tide-waiter.*
Davis, Robert. Merchant
Davies, George. Chandler
Devonshire, John. Whitesmith.
Devonshire, John. Blacksmith.
D'Argus, David. Hair-dresser.
Deake, John. Woollen-draper.
Dymond, Philip. Merchant
Floyd, John. Merchant
Floyd, Betty. Linen-draper.
Halet, John. Cooper.
Howell, Moses. Tide-waiter.*
Ingram, James. Brazier.
Jones, Robert. Blacksmith.
Jenkins, John. Tobacconist.
Joice, Samuel. Silversmith.
Lee, Edward. Linin-draper.
Laverance, Giles. Land-waiter.
Martin, Richard. Tide-waiter.*
Martin, Joseph. Linin-draper.
Mansfield, Basil. Vitualler.
Manston, Thomas. Shipwright.
May, Edward. Miller and Baker.
Milton, George. Blacksmith.
Moore, Robert. Coal-merchant
O'Brian, Mary. Lodging-house.
Payne, Hugh. Tanner.
Payne, Joan. Post-office keeper.
Pole, Richard. Tarrow-chandler.
Rawle, John. Comptroller of customs.
Rawle, Christian, Malster.
Richard, John. Leather-dresser.
Richard, Samuel. Woolcomber
Sarkin, Richard. Grocer.
Satchell, Henry. Linen-draper.
Sully, John. Carpenter.
Tapscott, Thomas. Butcher.
Taylor, Robert. Butcher.
Taylor, John. Butcher.
Trott, Edw.Esq., Collector of the Customs.
Trott, John. Landwaiter.
Wells, John. Coal-merchant.
Widlake, John. Taylor.
Williams, John. Brazier.
* the tide-waiter's task was to board
incoming vessels arriving on the high tide and check that they tied up at
the appointed place on the quay. The tide waiter joined London-bound boats,
for example, at Greenwich, and made sure that the cargo was not unloaded on
an isolated jetty out of sight of the waiting triumvirate of controller,
collector and surveyor (all eyeing each other suspiciously, no doubt). To
ensure the honesty of the tide waiter there was another official, the tide
surveyor ." thanks to Barry for this explanation.
Whereas a land-waiter was a customs man.

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CONSTABLES OF MINEHEAD
1583-85 Lawrence Bidgood, William Swetyng.
1624-25 John Baker, John Deake.
1628-29 Robert Quirke
1641-42 Richard Jenkins, Robert Quirke.
1660-61 Richard Pearce, Alexander Smythe.
1661-62 Thomas Henly, Thomas Ffugars.
1672-72 ditto
1688-89 Wm. Barrow, George Hayman.
1690-91 ditto
1695-96 Walter Griffith, John Bryant.
1698-99 Peter Selley, Robert Chapman
1700-01 Richard Bradford, Andrew Hare.
1702-03 Wm. Nichols, Stephen Simes.
1704-05 Nich.Hayman, Heman Bale.
1705-06 Wm.Nichols, Stephen Simes.
1708-09 A.Burnold, Thomas Bryant.
1710-11 John Kirkpatrick, Morgan Pricer.
1713-14 John Williams, Wm.Taysco.
1714-15 Richard Bradford, Robert Slowly.
1723-24 J.Alloway, Blake (Wm.Esq.)
1738-39 John Coffin, Wm Clarke, Gentleman.
1754-55 John Coffin, John Ball.
1766-67 Andrew Blake, John Chappell
1767-68 Andrew Blake, William Ball.
1789-90 Edward Lee, John Deake.

from: Hancocks book of Minehead.

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